Skip to comments.MA Man Pleads Guilty Conspiracy to Export Military Antennae to Singapore and Hong Kong
Posted on 01/21/2012 7:11:52 PM PST by Larry381
WASHINGTONRudolf L. Cheung, 57, a resident of Massachusetts, pleaded guilty today in federal court in the District of Columba to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act in connection with the unlawful export of 55 military antennae from the United States to Singapore and Hong Kong.
The plea was announced by Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; John Morton, Director of the Department of Homeland Securitys U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Mark Giuliano, Executive Assistant Director of the FBIs National Security Branch; and Eric L. Hirschhorn, Under Secretary for Industry and Security at the Commerce Department.
Cheung serves as the head of the Research & Development Department at a private company that manufactures antennae. Over the past 17 years, he has designed or supervised the development of a full library of antennae made by the firm, many of which have military applications and are used by defense contractors. Some of Cheungs inventions are used in the U.S. space program.
According to court documents filed in the case, in June 2006, a company in Singapore sent an inquiry to the firm that employs Cheung seeking a quotation for two types of antennae that are classified by the U.S. government as defense articles and may not be exported without a license or approval from the State Department. After receiving the query, the export compliance officer at Cheungs firm advised the firm in Singapore that neither antenna could be exported unless they filled out a U.S. government form attesting that the goods would not be transferred. The firm in Singapore refused, and the order was stopped.
After learning that the export compliance officer at his company had blocked the export, Cheung admitted that he discussed with an individual outside his company (co-conspirator C) a plan to bypass the export controls at his company and arrange for the antennae to be exported to Singapore through co-conspirator C. Under the plan, co-conspirator C, who operated his own company in Massachusetts, would purchase these goods from Cheungs company and then export them on his own to the firm in Singapore, with Cheungs knowledge.
Subsequently, co-conspirator C contacted the firm in Singapore and offered to broker the deal with Cheungs company. Co-conspirator C then negotiated the purchase of the antennae with employees of the firm in Singapore and, later, with another company called Corezing International in Singapore. Between July and September 2007, co-conspirator C purchased 55 military antennae from Cheungs company, which he then exported to Corezing addresses in both Singapore and Hong Kong.
According to court documents, Cheung was aware that the purchases by Co-conspirator C were intended for export from the United States and that these exports had previously been blocked by his export compliance manager. Yet Cheung took no action to stop the sale of these antennae from his company or their subsequent export from the United States, even though he knew a license was required for such exports. Cheung neither sought nor obtained any license from the State Department to export these items outside the United States.
At sentencing, Cheung faces a maximum potential sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and a three-year term of supervised release.
Corezing, based in Singapore, has been charged in a separate indictment in the District of Columbia in connection with the export of these particular military antennae to Singapore and Hong Kong. Corezing and its principals have also been charged, and the United States is seeking their extradition, in connection with the export of 6,000 radio frequency modules from the United States to Iran via Singapore, some of which were later found in improvised explosive devices in Iraq.
Google “Rudy Cheung” (right now) and you’ll find a company that makes microwave components, including antennae, in Massachusetts. He’s listed variously as the company’s president and vice-president.
He's also a heavy weight Hillary Clinton donor
A Clinton donor? Knock me over with a feather! I would have NEVER expected that!
doing everything in their power to get China to the moon.
This makes me sick.
Got a link? Which cycle? I didn't see anything for 2008 for him or his company.
I did see $6,750 to GOP organizations from 2001-2006 from one James M Herrmann, who listed himself as president of the same company.
Hong Kong=Red China
In the summer of 2009, I was employed by the Microwave Engineering Corporation (MEC) in North Andover, MA as a Research Engineer to continuously research on the microwave lens. Dr. Rudy Cheung has provided many practical advices, which help me understand more and enrich my ideas. Thank EMSS and MEC also for the simulation software and other toolkits.
It's funny how certain foreign accents can come through in print, even on a PhD dissertation.