BELLEVUE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VIOLATING ARMS EXPORT ACT
Illegally exported night vision goggles to Taiwan – Co-conspirator sent them to China
HOWARD HSY,69, of Bellevue, Washington, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle today to Conspiracy to Violate the Arms Export Control Act. According to the charging information filed in the case, during 2002 and 2003, HSY conspired with others to export night vision goggles and camera lenses to a contact in Taiwan. Exporting those items required a license and written approval from the U.S. State Department. HSY did not have such approval. The military equipment was later shipped to the People's Republic of China. HSY faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly on February 23, 2006.
According to court records, HSY conspired with others in the Seattle area and Taiwan to purchase the military gear for export. The military equipment was primarily used by military pilots to fly and navigate at night. One Seattle area co-conspirator, DONALD SHULL, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Violate the Export Administration Act on October 11, 2005. SHULL will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly on February 17, 2006.
Documents filed in the case reveal that HSY was approached by an unnamed co-conspirator in Taiwan who asked HSY to acquire these military items: Imaging Systems F4949 "Generation III" night-vision goggles; HGV 55/P Helmet Mount Assemblies; and Nightmate CCTV Adapter "Generation III" night-vision camera lenses. HSY, SHULL and a third Seattle area co-conspirator purchased the items through a front company they had in Auburn, Washington. Over the course of about 18 months, the items were purchased and delivered to the co-conspirator in Taiwan. On two occasions, the co-conspirator in Taiwan came to Seattle to pick-up the goods. HSY personally carried the goods to Taiwan on the third and final delivery. HSY and SHULL later learned that the Taiwan co-conspirator had shipped the military items to China.
The case was investigated by the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office at (206) 553-4110.