Army Sergeant Sentenced to 4 Years in Jail for AECA and ITAR Violations

On October 30, 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported  that Fidel Ignacio Cisneros (Cisneros), 42, of Lynnwood, WA, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, after he violated the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). 

According to court documents, from 2007 to 2010, Cisneros served as a soldier in the U.S. Army where he performed various missions in Iraq and elsewhere. During his deployment, Cisneros stole three Acquired Tactical Illuminating Laser Aimers (Atilla-200 lasers), an ACOG rifle scope and several other items. He brought all of the items back to Orlando, FL. According to the press release, he did so without first obtaining permission from the Department of Defense. 

Using his eBay account, Cisneros auctioned one of the Atilla-200 lasers to the highest bidder, noting in the auction advertisement that it was "impossible to find on the international market." Cisneros shipped the Atilla-200 laser from Orlando to a Japanese national in Tokyo in exchange for $3,200. According to the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and category XII(b) of the ITAR, individuals cannot export Atilla-200 lasers outside of the U.S. without a license. Cisneros did not have the appropriate license or permission to export the Atilla-200 laser to Japan.

In March 2010, Cisneros also auctioned several other controlled items, and shipped them to California, Nevada, and Kuwait.