Wash. Man Gets 18 Months For Satellite Smuggling Plan

Law360, New York (October 28, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Thursday sentenced a man to 18 months in prison for attempting to smuggle military-grade satellite parts to China in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.

Lian Yang, 46, pled guilty in March, after prosecutors alleged he negotiated with undercover FBI agents to pay $700,000 to smuggle 300 units of radiation-hardened, programmable semiconductor devices used in satellite devices.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly also ordered Yang to pay a criminal fine of $10,000 and sentenced him to three years of...
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