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SELLER BEWARE – Crime Ring Investigation Continues

Kristal Snider
06/16/2016

ERAI is investigating what is believed to be a crime ring operating in the Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV areas. There is evidence to suggest the individuals operating these organizations are placing purchase orders with fraudulent intent. A majority of the addresses provided herein are either residential or belong to shipping services (e.g. Postal Etc., Mail Link, and other similar services). The phone numbers are disconnected, the websites cannot be located, are parked by the registrar, or are currently for sale, and emails are either undeliverable or do not elicit responses. Most of the email accounts end in .net or yahoo.com.

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Chinese Chip Distributor Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Steal and Illegally Export Military-Grade Semiconductors

Kristal Snider
04/18/2016

On December 10, 2015 three Chinese nationals (DAOFU ZHANG, 40; JIANG GUANGHOU YAN, also known as “Ben,” 33; and XIANFENG ZUO, 37) were arrested on federal criminal complaints in connection with a scheme to obtain and illegally export sophisticated semiconductors stolen from the U.S. Military. 
 
ZHANG, YAN, and ZUO operated businesses in China and elsewhere that engage in the purchase and sale of electronic components, including integrated circuits. Federal law enforcement agents began investigating YAN and a Chinese company known as HK Potential in 2012 for trafficking in counterfeit semiconductors.  In October 2014 and in March 2015, YAN sold a total of 45 counterfeit Intel microprocessors to an undercover agent who had advised YAN that the components would be used on a U.S. Navy contract involving submarines.
 

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President Of Aviation Parts Company Arrested For Fraudulently Supplying Defective Airplane Parts To U.S. Government

03/04/2016

On February 29, 2016, Paul Skiscim, President of Aerospec, Inc., was arrested on federal charges of supplying defective airplane parts to the federal government for use in its aircraft, including military aircraft. 


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Chip Broker Sentenced After Supplying Falsely Remarked Computer Chips to U.S. Military

01/22/2016

On January 21, 2016, Warga was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to three years of probation and was ordered to pay a $10,000.00 fine for supplying customers with falsely remarked microprocessor chips, many of which were used in the assembly of U.S. military and commercial helicopters.  T

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Chinese Nationals, (Doing Business as HK Potential), Have Been Arrested for Scheme to Steal and Illegally Export Military-Grade Semiconductors

12/14/2015

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that three Chinese nationals have been arrested on federal criminal complaints in connection with a scheme to obtain and illegally export sophisticated semiconductors stolen from the U.S. military.  DAOFU ZHANG, 50; JIANG GUANGHOU YAN, also known as “Ben,” 33; and XIANFENG ZUO, 37, were arrested this morning in Milford.

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Jeff Krantz Avoids Jail Term

Kristal Snider
12/10/2015

On July 28, 2015, after an extensive, multi-year investigation involving the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, Jeff Krantz pleaded guilty to supplying falsely remarked Intel microprocessor chips, many of which were used in U.S. military and commercial helicopters.

Krantz, who pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, was sentenced on December 10, 2015 to three years' probation and fined $100,000.00. He was also ordered to pay $402,650.00 in restitution.

As part of his guilty plea Krantz agreed to a two-year ban on the purchase or sale of electronic parts. He also forfeits all direct or indirect control over his company, Harry Krantz LLC, authorities said.                


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Three Defendants Convicted of Conspiring to Illegally Export Controlled Technology to the Russian Military

10/26/2015

Earlier today, after a month-long trial, Alexander Posobilov, Shavkat Abdullaev and Anastasia Diatlova were convicted of all counts, including conspiring to export, and illegally exporting, controlled microelectronics to Russia.  Posobilov was also convicted of money laundering conspiracy.  These defendants, all of whom worked at Arc Electronics Inc. (Arc), a Houston-based corporation, and eight other individuals were originally charged in October 2012.  Five members of the conspiracy, including Arc owner Alexander Fishenko, previously pleaded guilty to related charges.

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Dual Russian-American Citizen Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Export Controlled Microelectronics to Russia

Kristal Snider
09/12/2015

Originally charged in October 2012 along with 10 accomplices, Alexander Fishenko pleaded guilty on September 9, 2015 in New York to conspiring and illegally exporting controlled microelectronics to Russia, conspiring to launder money and obstruction of justice.

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New York Man Admits Supplying Falsely Remarked Computer Chips Used in U.S. Military Helicopters

Kristal Snider
07/29/2015

On Tuesday July 28, 2015 the Department of Justice announced that Jeff Krantz, the former CEO of Harry Krantz LLC, entered a guilty plea to supplying customers with falsely remarked microprocessor chips.

A copy of the DOJ press release and a response from The Harry Krantz Company is included below.

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Prosecuting Peter Picone - What resellers NEED to know

Kristal Snider & Mary Dunham, ERAI
07/25/2014

On April 24, 2012 federal agents searched the office of Epic International Electronics, Inc., a home based business owned and operated by Peter and Lisa Picone. At the time the U.S. Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Services (DCIS) would only confirm the search was the result of an "active investigation". Fourteen months later, on June 25, 2013, Peter Picone was formally charged in an eightcount indictment with conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods, conspiring to traffic in counterfeit military goods, trafficking in counterfeit goods, conspiring to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and conspiring to commit money laundering.

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