Businessman Jailed, Fined for Illegal Exports
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A federal judge in suburban Virginia sentenced a Washington-area businessman to five years in prison and a $110,000 fine Friday for illegally exporting almost $1 million worth of high technology equipment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph S. Aronica told the judge that D. Frank Bazzarre exported to West Germany and Austria state-of-the-art computer manufacturing equipment that investigators determined was subsequently delivered through an international diversion network to the Soviet bloc.
He said a network headed by Bazzarre funneled more than $6.5 million worth of sophisticated military technology into the Soviet Union, East Germany, Poland and other Warsaw Pact countries over several years.
Aronica said investigators know one of the items Bazzarre was convicted of exporting wound up in the Soviet Union.
Theodore Wu, deputy assistant commerce secretary for enforcement, said he was pleased U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams imposed the maximum five- year term on each of three counts even though they are to run concurrently.
Wu, who attended the sentencing in suburban Alexandria, Va., said imposition of the maximum sentence will serve as a powerful deterrent to others inclined to violate U.S. export laws.
Bazzarre, former owner of Technics Inc., of Alexandria, pled guilty on March 19 to three criminal counts charging him with conspiring to violate U.S. export regulations.
Specifically, Bazzarre was accused of exporting a TRE Maskmaker 250 CC combination pattern generator - a device used in the manufacture of microchips - and a Watkins-Johnson bubble memory test syste, which is used to produce radioactive hardened computer memory devices.
″Both pieces of equipment have numerous military uses in the manufacture of electronic devices essential to the development of electronics used in advanced weapons systems,″ Wu said.
The Commerce Department said the two devices together were worth $825,000.
Aronica said investigators know the bubble memory test system wound up in the Soviet Union and that other materials involved in the three counts, including one conspiracy count, went to East Germany, Poland and other nations.