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The Associated Press: 3 1/2-year sentence ordered in Iran missile part case

August 28, 2010

…”Speaking through a Mandarin Chinese interpreter, Chen told the judge that “because of my gnorance, I violated U.S. law. I am very, very sorry.”
But e-mails intercepted by U.S. investigators show Chen fully understood the U.S. embargo against Iran and went to great lengths to evade it. In one 2009 e-mail, Chen told a customer n Tehran, Iran, that “we cannot tell USA this connector is for you. So we have to tell a white lie to USA that this is for our factory in Hong Kong. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Arango said Chen’s actions were “detrimental to U.S foreign policy and national security. Chen, who has already spent seven months in jail, will likely be deported to Taiwan after his release from prison Investigators based in South Florida learned about Chen after he tried to arrange for the export of 2,000 detonators through an unnamed California company. Eventually, an undercover federal agent posing as a Cincinnati-based supplier began communicating via e-mail with Chen. The e-mails show Chen shipped two P200 Turbine engines and spare parts to Iran via Hong Kong in 2007, labeling them on an invoice as “a starter for a
car and wheels.” The engines can be used in model aircraft but also for military drones”….

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