WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement F. Amanda DeBusk today announced an $18,000 civil penalty and three-year denial of export privileges on Ronald O. Brown of Seattle, Wash., in connection with the unauthorized exports and attempted export of U.S. origin shotguns to Russia.
The Department alleged that Brown, individually and formerly doing business as Mirazh Ltd., aided and abetted on six occasions in 1994 in the export of shotguns to Russia without obtaining the required Commerce licenses. Brown is also alleged to have aided and abetted in the attempted export of one shotgun to Russia and for having on two occasions made false and misleading statements of material fact to a federal government agency. The three-year denial and $9,000 of the civil penalty were suspended.
The Bureau of Export Administration’s San Jose Field Office investigated the case.
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.