|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY
| Monday, August 13, 2007
Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON — The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) today announced that EHI Group USA, Incorporated (“EHI”) has agreed to a civil penalty in the amount of $17,000 and a five year denial of export privileges to settle charges that EHI made unlicensed exports of export controlled technology to the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”). EHI’s principal, Qing Chang Jiang, in his individual capacity, also settled charges pending against him by agreeing to pay $17,000 in civil penalties and to accept a five year denial of export privileges.
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security charged that from September 2001 through May 2002, Jiang and EHI conspired with others to export, and knowingly exported, microwave amplifiers to the PRC. The amplifiers in question were subject to the jurisdiction of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and controlled for national security and anti-terrorism reasons.
“Enforcing US export control laws is crucial in ensuring that the most critical technologies do not fall into the wrong hands,” Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Darryl W. Jackson said. Assistant Secretary Jackson also commended Special Agent Michael Zaborowski of BIS’s San Jose Field Office for his hard work in pursuing this case.
BIS controls exports and re-exports of dual-use commodities, technology, and software for reasons of national security, policy, nuclear nonproliferation, chemical and biological weapons nonproliferation, regional stability, and short supply. Criminal penalties and administrative sanctions can be imposed for violations of the Export Administration Regulations.