WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, F. Amanda DeBusk, today announced a $20,000 civil penalty imposed on A & C International Trade, Inc., of New York, New York, for allegedly making false statements on an export control document to facilitate the export of a U.S.-origin armored riot control vehicle equipped with a pressurized pepper gas dispensing system to the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).
Earlier this year in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, A & C International, Inc., entered a plea of guilty to an Information charging it with a felony violation for the export. Yufeng Wang, also known as Alan Wang, the company's president, entered a plea of guilty to a separate count of the Information charging him with a misdemeanor for filing a false document with the United States Customs service and the Secretary of Treasury.
Last week the company was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, a $400 special assessment, and was placed on 3 years probation; Wang was sentenced to a prison term of time already served, one year of supervised release, 250 hours of community service and a $25 special assessment.
Commerce's Office of Export Enforcement's Boston Field Office and the U.S. Customs Service conducted the investigation.
The Department of Commerce, through its Bureau of Export Administration, administers and enforces export controls for reasons of national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation and short supply. Criminal penalties, as well as administrative sanctions, can be imposed for violations of the regulations.
In April of 2002 the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) changed its name to the Bureau of Industry and Security(BIS). For historical purposes we have not changed the references to BXA in the legacy documents found in the Archived Press and Public Information.