WASHINGTON -- Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement F. Amanda DeBusk today announced a $25,000 civil penalty, with $10,000 suspended, on NEC Technologies, Inc., of Boxborough, MA, to settle allegations that NEC illegally shipped automated finger print identification systems to several countries in violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
The Commerce Department alleged that on five separate occasions in 1996, NEC Technologies, Inc., exported U.S.-origin automated finger print identification systems, to Argentina, Peru, Singapore, South Africa and Taiwan, without obtaining the required Commerce licenses. Commerce also alleged that the company made false and misleading statements of material fact on Shipper's Export Declarations filed with the U.S. government in connection with the exports. NEC voluntarily disclosed the alleged violations.
Commerce's Boston Office of Export Enforcement investigated the case.
The Department of Commerce, through its Bureau of Export Administration, controls and licenses exports and reexports of dual-use commodities, technology, and software 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 Export Administration 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.