A technology company from New York made tens of millions of dollars by selling Chinese equipment to the US military, falsely claiming it was made in America, the US Department of Justice revealed Thursday.
The plan, allegedly devised by the Long Island-based company Aventura Technologies, has reportedly exposed the federal government and various military departments to serious cyber security risks and opened a path through which & # 39; enemy foreign governments had access to some of the government's most sensitive facilities. & # 39;
Seven current and former Aventura employees were accused of the alleged conspiracy just hours after federal agents raided the security and security company headquarters earlier today.
Prosecutors say that Jack Cabasso invented the plot and made every effort to hide the million-dollar plan with the help of business partners in China, prosecutors claimed.
Seven current and former employees of Aventura were accused of the alleged conspiracy just hours after federal agents raided the headquarters of the security and security company earlier today
& # 39; Greed forms the core of this plan, a reprehensible motive when the subjects in this case question the safety of men and women who wear uniforms every day to protect our nation, & # 39; said FBI director William Sweeney in a statement, NBC reported.
US lawyer Richard Donoghue said that Aventura has generated more than $ 88 million since 2006, including more than $ 20 million in government contracts, by selling equipment that they pretended to be developed in-house.
In reality, however, the company has not made any of their products at the property, instead imported from abroad – mostly China – and then resold it as American made.
The equipment was later installed on dozens of army, naval and air force bases, Department of Energy facilities and other places, such as naval aircraft carriers, say court documents.
The list of products includes a $ 13,500 laser-enhanced night vision camera, ordered by the US Navy, as 25 body cameras purchased by the US Air Force.
US lawyer Richard Donoghue (above) said Jack Cabasso came up with the plan and went to great lengths to hide the million-dollar plan with the help of business partners in China, prosecutors claimed
Cabasso appeared to have exchanged several emails with his colleagues and Chinese partners and stressed the importance that the true origin of the products could never be revealed.
In a November 2018 interaction, Cabasso wrote to an employee of a Chinese surveillance product manufacturer and urged them to take measures to prevent them from tracing the product to the company.
In a subsequent communication, Cabasso said the biggest problem was that the Chinese manufacturer had put his initials on his circuit boards. He added that it has cost him several potential customers in the past.
The employee responded by assuring Cabasso that the initials would be removed from all other circuit boards sent to Aventura, the prosecutors said.
Cabasso, his wife Frances Cabasso and two other defendants, Jonathan Lasker and Christine Lazarus, were also accused of falsely claiming that the company was run by Frances instead of Jack Cabasso.
The fake claim enabled Aventura to secure government contracts that were reserved for small companies in female hands, prosecutors claim.
The remaining three defendants were identified as Wayne Marino, Eduard Matulik and Alan Schwartz.
Cabasso, his wife Frances Cabasso (above) and two other defendants, Jonathan Lasker and Christine Lazarus, were also accused of falsely claiming that the company was led by Frances instead of Jack Cabasso. The fake claim allowed Aventura to secure government contracts that were reserved for small companies in female hands, prosecutors claim
All seven defendants were charged with unlawful entry and conspiracy to commit mail and electronic fraud. Jack and Frances Cabasso were also accused of money laundering conspiracy for alleged transfer of Aventura's illegal profits from the company through a network of shell companies.
& # 39; As claimed, the defendants have falsely claimed for years that their surveillance and security equipment was manufactured on Long Island, filling their money with lucrative contracts without taking into account the risk to our country's national security by "The secret is to kick on electronics made in China with known cyber vulnerabilities," said US lawyer Richard Donoghue.
Cabasso has a long criminal record with convictions for wire fraud, grand larceny, mail fraud and conspiracy to influence a jury member, according to NBC.
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