For Immediate Release: May 1, 2006
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U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney's Office
District of Connecticut
CONNECTICUT MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY TO IRAQ
Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned a two-count Indictment charging ANDREW HUANG, age 59 (DOB 05/24/46), of 11 Reiman Drive, Cromwell, Connecticut, with acting as an agent of a foreign government, and with conspiring to do so. The Indictment was returned on April 12 and ordered unsealed on April 27 by United States Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven.
As alleged in the Indictment and statements made in court, from July 1999 to June 2001, HUANG, a naturalized United States citizen, acted on behalf of a Chinese government-run company to broker the sale and transfer of millions of dollars of telecommunications equipment from China to the Government of Iraq. The sale and transfer of technology occurred during a time when such transfer was prohibited by United States law and international sanctions as a result of the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
HUANG is the owner of Mac Andrew’s, Inc., an international export company that HUANG operates primarily out of his residence. Through Mac Andrew’s Inc., HUANG is alleged to have operated as a representative for the Chinese Electronic System Engineering Corporation (CESEC), the technology procurement arm of the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China.
“This Office will vigorously investigate and prosecute individuals involved in the illegal export of sensitive technology from the United States and its transfer to prohibited destinations,” U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated.
HUANG was arrested on April 21. He is expected to be released today after posting a bond in the amount of $1,000,000, which will be partially secured with approximately $700,000 in real estate and cash.
If convicted, HUANG faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a fine of up to $500,000.
“The FBI, along with ICE, NCIS, IRS and the U.S. Deptartment of Commerce, pursued this significant investigation for three years to uncover Mr. Huang’s and his co-conspirator’s alleged involvement in the sale and transfer of prohibited technology to Iraq,” stated Special Agent in Charge Mertz. “This case demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to protect the National Security of the United States.”
U.S. Attorney O’Connor stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The case is being prosecuted in the District of Connecticut by Assistant United States Attorneys David Ring and Mark Rubino. A related prosecution is also being pursued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.