|U.S. Department of Justice|
United States Attorney's Office
For Immediate Release: September 18, 2009
Contact - BIS Public Affairs: 202-482-2721
DAVENPORT - On September 18, 2009, Aaron Henderson, age 36, of Coralville, Iowa, doing business as Vahalla Tactical Supply, pled guilty to an Information charging him with exporting an EOTech sighting device to Taiwan without obtaining the proper export license from the Department of Commerce, announced United States Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker. Henderson agreed to forfeit two firearms that were seized from his residence in January of 2008. Henderson faced 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. United States District Court Judge, John A. Jarvey, sentenced Henderson to time served to be followed by two years of supervised release, and pay $100 to the Crime Victims Fund.
The EOTech sighting devices exported by Henderson are listed as items the export of which are controlled by the U. S. Department of Commerce. United States Attorney Whitaker stressed the importance of abiding by licensing requirements noting that the consequences of failing to abide by them are substantial.
This prosecution was handled by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa. The investigation was conducted by the Office of Export Enforcement, U.S. Department of Commerce, in Chicago, Illinois; the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Chicago, Illinois; and, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.