NY man charged in bid to send defense-use goods to China, Taiwan

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

showed.

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)

Most Popular in Business