NEW YORK, Dec 6 (Reuters) - A New York man has been
criminally charged with illegally exporting defense articles and
goods with military applications to China and Taiwan, one day
after prosecutors announced charges against four people over
exports to China and Iran.
Mark Henry was accused of trying to ship military-grade
material used to coat rocket nozzles to Taiwan, and microwave
amplifiers that have military applications to China, without
first getting licenses from U.S. government agencies.
Henry, 49, operated an export company known as Dahua
Electronics Corp from April 2009 to September 2012 and used the
aliases Weida Zheng, Scott Russel, Bob Wilson and Joanna Zhong
in his dealings, prosecutors said.
"The illegal export of our intellectual property and
restricted military material ... presents serious implications
for our nation's security," FBI assistant director George
Venizelos said in a statement.
Henry , a U.S. citizen, was arrested at his home in Flushing,
New York, early on Thursday morning, an FBI spokesman said.
A federal public defender assigned to represent Henry did
not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Henry was charged with violating the Arms Export Control
Act, conspiracy to violate that law, and violating the
International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the indictment
The charges come amid an effort by federal authorities to
stop the export of technology and goods that could be put to
military use in other countries.
On Wednesday, the government announced charges against Hamid
Reza Hashemi, a dual U.S. and Iranian citizen, and Murat
Taskiran, a Turkish citizen, who are accused of trying to export
carbon fiber, which can be used to enrich uranium, to Hashemi's
company in Tehran.
Another defendant, Peter Gromacki of Orange County, New
York, was accused of arranging the export of more than three
tons of carbon fiber destined for China.
A fourth defendant, Amir Abbas Tamimi, an Iranian citizen,
was accused of trying to ship helicopter parts to Iran.
Henry is expected to be arraigned on Friday morning in
Manhattan federal court.
His case is U.S. v. Henry, U.S. District Court, Southern
District of New York, No. 12-cr-00902.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York)