10-year sentence for man who shipped defense tech to Russia

10-year sentence for man who shipped defense tech to Russia

A dual American and Russian citizen received a sentence of 10 years and had $500,000 in illicit proceeds confiscated for illegally shipping technology to Russia. 

Alexander Fishenko plead guilty to 19 charges stemming from the scheme at a federal court in New York.  

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Fishenko lead the plot to ship more than $50,000,000 of technologies with military applications to recipients including Russian Intelligence and Russian military contractors while evading export controls. The scheme ran from 2002 through 2012.

"Today’s sentence sends a powerful message of deterrence to others, who like Fishenko and his co-conspirators, would be willing to sacrifice the national security of the United States for their personal financial gain,” said Robert L. Capers, United States attorney for the eastern district of New York. 

A Department of Justice press release claimed the banned exports could be used as components of detonation triggers, surveillance equipment, radar and missile guidance systems. 

Similar technologies, the press release said, are not manufactured in Russia. 

Fishenko is one of ten people and two corporations that have been charged in the scheme and is the fifth person to plead guilty. 

Fishenko was an executive at the two corporations involved in the scheme, ARC Electronics, Inc. and Apex System, L.L.C.. ARC is now out of business. Russian-based Apex did not show up for its trial. 

Three suspects in the scheme are still at large.