Washington Man Convicted of Conspiring to Export Radiation-Hardened Semiconductors to China

The Associated Press reports that Lian Yang of Washington state has plead guilty in federal court to conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act. He allegedly tried to illegally export 300 radiation-hardened semiconductors used in military satellites. The government claims Yang intended to provide them to China Space Technology Co.’s space program or to design “China’s new generation of passenger jet.”

Our law firm represents high tech companies in U.S. immigration law matters. Visa applicants are scrutinized through the Visas Mantis security advisory opinion (SAO) program in an effort to exclude persons who intend to violate U.S. export control laws.

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WA Man Pleads Guilty in Arms Export Case
Published: March 25, 2011 at 3:11 AM ET

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state man accused of trying to sell sensitive military and aerospace technology to China has pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act.

Federal prosecutors allege that Lian Yang of Woodinville tried to export 300 semiconductors that the U.S. government has said have no purpose outside of military or aerospace use.

The Seattle Times says Yang was arrested in December after he reportedly offered to purchase the radiation-hardened semiconductors used by the military in satellites for $700,000 from undercover FBI agents.

A federal complaint says he and unidentified co-conspirators deposited a $60,000 down payment in an account set up by the agents. He was arrested in a sting as he was dropping off a $20,000 payment.

Yang entered his plea Thursday in federal court in Seattle. Sentencing is set for June 30.

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