Archive for the ‘ICE’ Category

E-Business Bad Idea: Selling F-4 and F-14 Parts on a Website

Friday, October 5th, 2007 by Danielle McClellan

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents revealed a website run by Abraham Trujillo and David Waye which listed both F-14 and F-4 parts for sale. The website company, NSN Specialists, attempted to export the parts without a license. The ICE agents tracked the company over the next several months and eventually set up a sting operation to arrest the men.

Trujillo and Waye would repackage the parts and assign them commercial part numbers and even invoiced them as “gear sprockets” to guarantee that the parts would not be conspicuous. They intended on exporting the parts to Canada where they would then go to Iran where the only F-14 are flown.

The men are charged by the U.S. Attorney for Utah with 3 felony counts. The felony information includes attempted export of the F-14 and F-4 fighter aircraft parts without a license, attempted export of F-14 wiring harnesses and impeller assemblies and the repackaging to the goods.

Department of Homeland Security Effects Name Changes for ICE/CBP

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 by Jill Kincaid

As of April 17, 2007, The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection are no longer “bureaus.” The Department of Homeland Security announced that the official names for these departments will now be U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). All official documents referring to these agencies should now use these names/acronyms.

New Crime Makes it Easier to Prosecute Illegal Exports

Friday, December 15th, 2006 by Jill Kincaid

With March, 2006’s Patriot Act amendments, a new crime has been born that could have significant repercussions for exporters. The criminal export control statute has some new sharper teeth. With the revision of 18 USC, section 554, it is no long is necessary to determine whether an exported item actually required a license for export when prosecuting a case. The new regulation reads as follows:

“(a) In general. Whoever fraudulently or knowingly exports or sends from the United States, or attempts to export or send from the United States, any merchandise, article, or object contrary to any law or regulation of the United States, or receives, conceals, buys, sells, or in any manner facilitates the transportation, concealment, or sale of such merchandise, article or object, prior to exportation, knowing the same to be intended for exportation contrary to any law or regulation of the United States, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.”

The words “contrary to any law or regulation” are very weighty. In the first use of this case earlier this summer, the exporter failed to file an SED for the exported item. Regardless of if the exported item would have required a license, the exporter acted contrary to a regulation and, thus, could be prosecuted for the crime.

During the ACI export controls enforcement conference in early December, 2006, Stephen Bogni (Acting Chief for Arms and Strategic Tech Investigations) said that the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) will be making aggressive use of this new provision to nail people for this new crime.