On August 10, 2011, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that Jianwei Ding of Singapore has agreed to pay a $100,000 civil penalty and have his export privileges denied for a period of 25 years, to settle allegations that he conspired to violate the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by knowingly and willfully attempting to export carbon fiber to China for use by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) without the required export licenses.
The carbon fiber at issue is controlled by BIS for nuclear non-proliferation and national security reasons and was valued at approximately $315,000. According to BIS, from February 2007 through April 2008, Ding conspired with others to export two types of the carbon fiber to CAST in China, via Hong Kong and Singapore, without the required Department of Commerce license.
BIS alleges that BIS used his position as a manager of several Singapore-based companies to acquired items for CAST. In addition, He directed the activities of individuals and entities in the United States and Singapore to deceive U.S. suppliers and avoid detection by law enforcement, and provided the money used to obtain the controlled materials for export from the U.S. to China.
Ding received repeated warnings that an export license was required for the export of carbon fiber to China. After the material had been purchased and stored in New York as part of the scheme, Ding ultimately directed a co-conspirator by email to export some carbon fiber to Hong Kong and some to a company under Ding's control in Singapore.
The items were stopped by Special Agents of BIS's Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) before they could be exported. Ding subsequently was arrested when he attempted to enter the U.S. and is now incarcerated in a federal prison. Prior to settling BIS's administrative charge, Ding entered a guilty plea to criminal charges of conspiracy to violate the EAR and was sentenced to a period of 46 months imprisonment.