For Immediate Release: October 28, 2008
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U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney's Office
District of Columbia
Three Charged Today in Plot to Export Sensitive Technology to China Space Entity
New Counter-Proliferation Task Forces & Training Part of National Effort
WASHINGTON - A multi-agency initiative to combat illegal exports of restricted military and dual-use technology from the United States has resulted in criminal charges against more than 145 defendants in the past fiscal year, with roughly 43 percent of these cases involving munitions or other restricted technology bound for Iran or China, the Justice Department and several partner agencies announced today.
Over the past fiscal year, the National Export Enforcement Initiative has also resulted in the creation of Counter-Proliferation Task Forces in various judicial districts around the country. Today, there are approximately 15 such task forces or versions of them nationwide. In addition, the initiative has resulted in enhanced training for more than 500 agents and prosecutors involved in export control and the creation of new mechanisms to enhance counter-proliferation coordination among law enforcement agencies, export licensing agencies and the Intelligence Community.
Among the most recent cases brought in connection with the initiative was an indictment returned today in the District of Minnesota charging three individuals, Jian Wei Ding, Kok Tong Lim, and Ping Cheng, with conspiring to illegally export to the Peopleís Republic of China (PRC) controlled carbon-fiber material with applications in rockets, satellites, spacecraft, and uranium enrichment process. According to the indictment, the intended destination for some of the material was the China Academy of Space Technology, which oversees research institutes working on spacecraft systems for the PRC.
Unveiled in Oct. 2007, the National Export Enforcement Initiative is a cooperative effort by the Justice Departmentís National Security Division (NSD), the Department of Homeland Securityís U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Commerceís Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Pentagonís Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), the State Departmentís Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Treasury Departmentís Office of Foreign Assets Control and other agencies.