Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Recent Suspensions of Export Privileges

As reported in the Federal Register on June 9, 2010, the Bureau of Industry and Security recently suspended the export privileges of the following parties and revoked licenses issued to them under the Export Administration Act or the EAR. Don’t let this happen to you!

Joseph Piquet of Port St. Lucie FL was convicted in May 2009 for conspiracy to purchase high-tech military and dual use electronic components for shipment to Hong Kong and China without the required export licenses. His export privileges have been suspended until May 14, 2019; however, it’s not likely he’ll miss them since he still has another four years to serve on his prison sentence.

Aaron Robert Henderson doing business as Valhalla Tactical Supply of North Liberty, Iowa pleaded guilty in September 2009 for knowingly and willfully exporting sighting devices from the U.S. to Taiwan and Afghanistan without the required licenses. Sentenced to time served and $100 payment to the Crime Victims Fund, his export privileges have been suspended until September 18, 2019.

Shu Quan-Sheng of Newport News, Va. pleaded guilty and was convicted for illegally exporting space launch technical data and defense services to China, as well as offering bribes to Chinese government officials. Export privileges have been suspended until April 10, 2014, however, he won’t likely miss those privileges with approximately three years left to serve on his prison sentence. He is also listed on the Department of State’s Debarred List.

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