Friday, August 28, 2015

Alex Tsai Export WMD Materials to North Korea

Alex Tsai Export WMD Materials to North Korea ---
tags: traitor, Estonia, North Korea, asian suspect, illinois, Taiwan, export

1 arrested  October 10, 2014 Alex Tsai Export WMD Materials to North Korea  in the Northern District of Illinois, a former resident of Taiwan, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States in its enforcement of regulations targeting proliferators of weapons of mass destruction.  Alex Tsai was designated for providing support for, or goods or services in support of the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID), which was designated as a proliferator by the U.S. in 2005. The Treasury Department asserted that Alex Tsai "has been supplying goods with weapons production capabilities to KOMID and its subordinates since the late 1990s, and he has been involved in shipping items to North Korea that could be used to support North Korea's advanced weapons
program."

source: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/pages/attachments/2014/10/22/export-case-fact-sheet-201410.pdfhttp://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/pages/attachments/2014/10/22/export-case-fact-sheet-201410.pdf


Details:
Hsien Tai Tsai a.k.a. “Alex Tsai” admitted that he engaged in illegal business transactions involving the export of U.S. origin goods and machinery. Tsai faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Under the terms of his plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of approximately 30 months in prison provided Tsai continues to fully cooperate with the United States. Previously, on June 6, 2013, Alex Tsai, who the U.S. government has linked to the supply of weapons machinery to North Korea, and his son, Yueh-Hsun Tsai, also known as "Gary Tsai," were indicted in the Northern District of Illinois for allegedly conspiring to violate U.S. laws designed to thwart the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. On May 1, 2013, both Alex Tsai and Gary Tsai were arrested pursuant to criminal complaints filed on April 19, 2013. Alex Tsai, who was believed to have resided in Taiwan, was arrested in Tallinn, Estonia, and was later extradited to the United States, where he remains in federal custody. Gary Tsai, who is from Taiwan and is a U.S. legal permanent resident, was arrested at his home in Illinois. Each were charged with conspiring to defraud the U.S. in its enforcement of laws prohibiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by conspiring to evade the restrictions imposed on Alex Tsai and two of his companies by the U.S. Treasury Department, and money laundering. Agents had been investigating the pair, as well as Individual A (a Taiwanese associate of Alex Tsai), and a network of companies engaged in the export of U.S. origin goods and machinery that could be used to produce weapons of mass destruction. The investigation revealed that Alex and Gary Tsai and Individual A are associated with at least three companies based in Taiwan - Global Interface Company, Inc., Trans Merits Co., Ltd., and Trans Multi Mechanics Co., Ltd. - that have purchased and then exported, and attempted to purchase and then export, from the United States machinery used to fabricate metals and other materials with a high degree of precision