Korean firm accused of illegal US military exports

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Posted: Dec 20, 2011 9:10 PM
Korean firm accused of illegal US military exports

A South Korean company has been indicted in Cleveland on allegations it illegally exported infrared technology used by the U.S. military.

Federal authorities said Tuesday that EO System Co. Ltd. and three South Korean citizens are accused of exporting five telescopes from the U.S. to their country in 2005 without required U.S. government approval.

EO System's attorney Don Randolph says he has been in communication with the government about the matter for several years. The Santa Monica, Calif., lawyer says EO System intends to plead not guilty and press on with its defense.

The government says the case is related to that of a former NASA employee in Cleveland who was sentenced in November to 14 months in prison for illegally shipping night-vision rifle scope equipment to South Korean companies.