Date
23 May 2017
Drones on display at a factory in Shenzhen. US authorities have charged a woman with conspiring to illegally export underwater drone technology to China. Photo: Bloomberg
Drones on display at a factory in Shenzhen. US authorities have charged a woman with conspiring to illegally export underwater drone technology to China. Photo: Bloomberg

US charges woman with exporting drone tech to China

US authorities have charged a Florida woman with conspiring to illegally export technology used in underwater drones to a Chinese state-owned entity.

According to an indictment unsealed on Thursday, Amin Yu, 53, of Orlando was charged with 18 counts, including acting as an illegal agent for a foreign government, unlawful export and money laundering, Reuters reported.

Yu is accused of fraudulently and knowingly exporting materials in violation of US law.

The woman worked from 2002 until February 2014 to obtain systems and components used in marine submersible vehicles at the direction of her co-conspirators at Harbin Engineering University in China, according to the charges.

Harbin Engineering University is said to conduct research and development for the Chinese government and military.

Yu was a citizen of China and a lawful permanent resident of the US while obtaining parts from companies in the United States, Canada and Europe.

If convicted, she faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for each count of money laundering and a maximum of 10 years for acting as an illegal agent of a foreign government, the report said.

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