Washington Man Pleads Guilty In Satellite Export Case

Law360, New York (March 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT) -- A man accused of trying to smuggle military-grade satellite parts to China pled guilty in a federal court in Washington state on Thursday to conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act.

Federal prosecutors claim Lian Yang, 46, offered undercover FBI agents $700,000 for 300 radiation-hardened semiconductors used in satellites, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Yang, who faces five years in prison, planned to export the parts to China, where he had customers waiting, according...
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