UCLA professor, 64, faces life imprisonment after shipping hardware used in US missiles and fighter jets to China
- Electrical engineer Yi-Chi Shih was convicted last week for 18 federal charges
- The professor, 64, shipped hardware that was used to make military equipment to China
- He is confronted with a legal maximum sentence of 219 years in the federal prison
Yi-Chi Shih, 64, an electrical engineer was convicted last week for 18 federal charges
A former UCLA professor stands behind bars for up to 219 years after being found guilty of illegally obtaining microchips that can be used in missiles and fighter jets and can export them to China.
Yi-Chi Shih, 64, an electrical engineer was convicted last week of 18 federal charges, including postal fraud, wire fraud, subscribe to a false tax return, make false statements to a government agency, and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information .
His fellow suspect – Kiet Ahn Mai from Pasadena, California pleaded guilty to smuggling charges related to the plan in December.
Shih acquired monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC & # 39; s) hardware from an unnamed company by posing as a customer.
The company supplies the Air Force, Navy and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
He then sent the hardware to a Chinese company called Chengdu GaStone Technology (CGTC), where he had previously served as president.
The company was building its own MMIC plant, the Justice Ministry said.
Technology used in the hardware cannot be exported without permission from the Commerce Department due to their application in military operations.
MMIC & # 39; s are used for missiles, guidance systems, electronic warfare, radar and in fighter jets.
Shih was found guilty of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, postal fraud, wire fraud, false tax returns, false statements to a government agency and a conspiracy to commit cyber-lifting after a seven-week trial period.
A date for his conviction has not yet been set.
He is confronted with a legal maximum sentence of 219 years in the federal prison.
& # 39; The China Initiative of the department focuses on preventing and prosecuting thefts of American technology and intellectual property for China & # 39 ;, said Assistant Attorney General Demers.
Shih acquired monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC & # 39; s) hardware from an unnamed company by posing as a customer. The company supplies the Air Force, Navy and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
& # 39; The suspect was found guilty of conspiracy to export sensitive semiconductor chips with military applications to China.
& # 39; I would like to thank prosecutors and agents, including those of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, for their efforts in this successful investigation and prosecution. & # 39;
& # 39; This defendant had made plans to export semiconductors with military and civilian functions to China, then he lied about it to the federal authorities and did not report that the scheme generated income on his tax returns, & # 39; said the American lawyer Nick Hanna.
& # 39; My office will enforce laws that protect the intellectual property of our nation against gain for the benefit of foreign opponents that may jeopardize our national security. & # 39;
& # 39; The FBI is committed to protecting institutions against opponents trying to steal sensitive American technology under the guise of research, & # 39; said assistant director in charge Delacourt.
& # 39; We will continue to work with our federal partners to identify and maintain responsible individuals who plunder our research or intellectual property at the expense of the American people and our national security. & # 39;
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