On December 6, 2010, the Associated Press reported that Lian Yang, a resident of Wodinville, WA, was arrested accused of conspiring to smuggle restricted satellite parts to the People's Republic of China.
The U.S. Attorney's office states that Yang tried to recruit people to help him export 300 radiation-hardened semiconductor devices. The U.S. Attorney claims that Yang knew that these parts required a State Department authorization as they are covered by the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). The complaint against Yang provides that in a series of meetings with undercover agents this year, Yang agreed to pay $620,000 for the parts and also planned to create a U.S. shell company that would appear to be purchasing the parts concealing the fact that the were destined for China. Yang planned to falsify purchase orders indicating that parts purchased were not restricted.
Yang faces up to five years imprisonment for the AECA violations.