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March 7, 2012

Ex-Marine Accused of Attempting to Export Sensitive Military Items

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 1:30 am

LOS ANGELES – A retired Marine Corps staff sergeant, who until recently worked in the Marine Aviation Supply Office at Edwards Air Force Base, was arrested by federal agents this morning following an undercover probe that allegedly revealed he lied to the government as part of a scheme to sell sensitive military equipment to buyers around the globe.

Sean Elias Sayegh, 41, of Rosamond, was taken into custody at his residence by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Sayegh, who retired from the Marine Corps in December 2011, was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury last Friday that charges him with four counts of making false statements. Specifically, the indictment alleges that on four occasions Sayegh made fraudulent claims on U.S. Postal Service customs declaration forms, stating that packages he was shipping contained camera lenses and other camera equipment, when the items were actually laser light interference filters (LIFs). The alleged violations, which occurred between December 2009 and February 2010, involved the shipment of more than 100 LIFs.

LIFs, which are used with military night vision goggles, are on the U.S. Munitions List and cannot legally be exported without a license issued by the Department of State. LIFs protect the optics inside night vision goggles from being damaged by lasers. The technology is considered sufficiently sensitive that the military requires that LIFs be destroyed when they reach the end of their service life.

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January 8, 2012

THREE PHILIPPINE NATIONALS ARRESTED IN INTERNATIONAL ARMS TRAFFICKING CASE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 7:25 pm

WASHINGTON – Three Philippine nationals have been arrested on charges of violating the Arms Export Control Act, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California and Steven M. Martinez, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Sergio Santiago de Leon Syjuco, aka “Yogi,” 25, of Muntinlupa City, Philippines; Cesar Paolo Inciong Ubaldo, aka “Arvi,” 26, of Paranaque City, Philippines; and Arjyl Revereza, 25, of Manila, Philippines, were charged in criminal complaint unsealed yesterday in the Central District of California with importing defense articles into the United States without a license, in violation of the Arms Export Control Act. Syjuco, Ubaldo and Revereza were arrested upon their entry into the United States on Jan. 5, 2012.  They will make their initial appearances today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia G. Rosenberg.  According to the complaint, the case is part of an FBI investigation of transnational Asian organized crime groups involved in the illicit trafficking of firearms.

The complaint alleges that on June 7, 2011, Syjuco, Ubaldo and Revereza imported various defense articles – items specifically designed, developed, configured, adapted or modified for military application – into the United States from the Republic of the Philippines, including 12 fully automatic Bushmaster M-4 .223 caliber rifles, a .50 caliber sniper rifle, an M14 7.62mm assault rifle, a single-shot grenade launcher, a rocket propelled grenade (RPG-7) launcher, a mortar launcher, an AK-47 rifle and ballistic vests. None of the defendants had a license to import these items into the United States. Law enforcement officers took possession of the items when they entered the United States.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

The case was investigated by the FBI. The Philippines National Bureau of Investigations also provided significant assistance in this matter. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Margaret Honrath and Margaret Vierbuchen of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ariel Neuman of the Central District of California.

The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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