For Immediate Release: January 26, 2004
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The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that Emcore Corporation (Emcore) of Somerset, New Jersey, agreed to pay a $400,000 civil penalty to settle charges that it violated the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in connection with exports of Metal Organic Vapor Disposition (MOCVD) tools. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charged that between 1998 and 2003, Emcore committed 71 violations of the EAR related to the export of MOCVD tools to China and Taiwan. BIS charged that Emcore knowingly exported the MOCVD tools to consignees located in Taiwan without the required export licenses, illegally serviced the tools, failed to file Shipper’s Export Declarations (SEDs), and failed to retain certain export control documents. The Commerce Department also charged that between 2000 and 2003, Emcore made false statements to the U.S. government and violated conditions on export licenses that it had received for exports of MOCVD tools to consignees in China.
Exports of MOCVD tools to China and Taiwan are controlled for national security and anti-terrorism reasons. Emcore voluntarily self-disclosed the violations and cooperated fully with the investigation.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Julie L. Myers commended
Special Agent Scott Dunberg of BIS’s New York Field Office, who conducted
the investigation of this case.