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Co-Owner and Vice President of AFM Microelectronics Inc. Arrested on Charges of Illegal Military Weapons Brokering

Kristal Snider
ERAI Inc.

Since 1990 the United States has maintained an arms embargo against the People's Republic of China (PRC) that prohibits the export, re-export, or transfer of any defense article to the PRC. In its effort to bypass US Federal Regulations, the Chinese Government enlisted the assistance of “technology spies” in an attempt to obtain advanced US fighter aircraft engines and a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), according to recently unsealed Federal Court documents.
The documents allege that Wenxia "Wency" Man and Xinsheng Zhang attempted to acquire and export to China the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper UAV, the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine used on the F-35 stealth fighter, the P&W F119 engine used on the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter and the General Electric F110 engine used on the F-15 and F-16 fighters.

Wexia Man was arrested on October 22, 2015 and released on bond on November 30, 2015. Man is the co-founder and Vice President of AFM MicroElectronics (aka American Function Materials Inc.), a capacitor manufacturer and supplier that markets its line of products to the wireless communications, fiber optic, medical electronics, defense, aerospace, and satellite communications markets. Wexia Man’s husband, Yingkuang “William” Liang, is her business partner and the President of AFM. The company appears to still be operating and should be considered “HIGH RISK”.

About AFM

AFM Microelectronics Inc.
9040 Carroll Way Suite 3,
San Diego, California, 92121 U.S.A
Tel: 1(858)222-1199
Fax: 1(858)726-2688
URL: www.afmmicroelectronics.com

AFM designs, develops, manufactures and markets RF/microwave Multilayer Capacitors, High Power High current Multilayer Capacitors, High Temperature High Voltage Multilayer Capacitors, GBBL (Grain Boundary Barrier Layer) High K substrates for Single Layer Capacitors, Ultra Low Fire Dielectric powder for multilayer capacitors. Capacitors produced range in size from 0505 to 13560, with operating voltages from 25 volts to 50,000 volts.

Additional Reading

United States of America vs. Wenxia Man a/k/a “Wency Man”, and Xinsheng Zhang: Indictment
http://www.erai.com/customuploads/file0430476936084357.pdf

China Accused of Trying To Acquire Fighter Engines, UAV
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/industry/2015/10/27/china-accused-trying-acquire-fighter-engines-uav/74676946/

Feds charge woman in S. Fla. plot to broker $50M drone to China
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-defense-drone-china-20151023-story.html

Bond set for woman accused of S. Fla. plot to sell $50M drone to China
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-drone-china-plot-bond-20151110-story.html                


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