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Thursday, December 19, 2013

International Arms Smuggler Sentenced to 180 Months in Prison

Siarhei Baltutski, aka Sergey Boltutskiy, 41, of Minsk, Belarus, was sentenced today to serve 180 months in prison for conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act, conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Carlin of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania made the announcement.

Baltutski pleaded guilty on Jan. 25, 2013.  In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ordered Baltutski to serve three years of supervised release.

Between Jan. 1, 2008, and Sept. 21, 2011, Baltutski organized a network of buyers in the United States to obtain and illegally export to Belarus high-tech military hardware such as Scorpion Thermal Weapon Sights, ThOR 2 Thermal Imaging Scopes, Thermal-Eye Renegade 320’s, and other night vision targeting devices.  During the course of the conspiracy, Baltutski and his associates illegally exported hundreds of these items.  Baltutski then arranged for hundreds of thousands of dollars to be secretly wired, via offshore shell companies, to purchase these items, to pay for shipping, and to pay his network of buyers.

The Arms Export Control Act and the International Emergency Economic Power Act prohibit the export of high-tech military technology.  Keeping this technology out of the hands of current and potential adversaries is critical to national interest and the safety and success of U.S. service members in combat.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI.  The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Jerome Maiatico of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Livermore of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, with assistance from Trial Attorney David Recker of the National Security Division’s Counterespionage Section.


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Updated September 15, 2014