On December 16, 2010, Newswire reported that Marc Knapp (Knapp) of Simi Valley, CA, has been charged with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). Knapp illegally exported to Hungary and attempted to export to the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia a number of items, which triggered IEEPA and AECA jurisdiction.
Specifically, Knapp is charged with illegally exporting and attempting to export an F-5B Tiger II fighter jet; CSU-13 anti-gravity flight suits, which are worn by pilots to counteract the forces of gravity and acceleration; an F-14 NATOPS emergency procedures manual, which is designed for use by pilots during in-flight emergencies in fighter jets; electronic versions of the NATOPS emergency procedures manual; AN/PRC-149 survival radios, which are hand-held search and rescue radios used primarily by U.S. Navy pilots as an emergency locator beacon; and F-14 ejection seats.
According to court documents, a cooperating defendant introduced Knapp to an undercover U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent who met with Knapp on several occasions. During the meetings, Knapp informed the ICE agent that he had various defense items for sale. He also admitted procuring an F-14 ejection seat, which was sold to the agent by another source. Over the course of their interaction, Knapp provided the agent with various lists containing items for sale, including photographs and descriptions.
Knapp faces a maximum statutory sentence of 40 years imprisonment, a $2 million fine and a forfeiture of profits.