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Russian National Federally Sentenced for Involvement in Export Smuggling Operation

July 21, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Russian national involved in an export smuggling operation was sentenced today in federal court by United States District Court Senior Judge Edwin M. Kosik.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Sergey Korznikov, age 42, of Moscow, Russia, was sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment, followed by two years' of supervised release.

     Korznikov and co-conspirator, Mark Komoroski were charged with conspiring to smuggle military equipment including rifle scopes, magazines for firearms, face shields and other military equipment out of the United States and to Russia to be resold to unknown persons.

     On December 13, 2010, Korznikov pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to smuggle goods from the United States.

     On July 29, 2010, co-defendant, Mark Komoroski, was sentenced to 32 months' imprisonment and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and serve two years of supervised release. 

     This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Unit; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Department of Commerce; the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Pennsylvania State Police.

     "Today's sentencing again demonstrates HSI's commitment to stop the illegal movement of military technology out of the United States," said John P. Kelleghan, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Philadelphia. "Our nation's military technology has only one legitimate user – the thousands of men and women who protect our country at home and abroad."

     Prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Christy H. Fawcett.


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