University of California-Los Angeles (ACLU) adjunct professor Yi-Chi Shih has been convicted of attempting to steal missile secrets on behalf of China, and faces up to 219 years in prison as a result of his criminal actions.
The 64-year-old electrical engineer and part-time resident of Los Angeles was convicted of 18 federal charges on June 26 and may lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in addition to a sentence in prison that will likely keep him locked behind bars for the rest of his life.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release about the case noting that Shih was found “guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud, subscribing to a false tax return, making false statements to a government agency and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.”
This is apart of a crackdown against China’s malign activities to steal the military secrets of the United States and assist them as they continue their march toward being the world’s top superpower.
“The Department’s China Initiative is focused on preventing and prosecuting thefts of American technology and intellectual property for the benefit of China,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.
“The defendant has been found guilty of conspiring to export sensitive semiconductor chips with military applications to China. I would like to thank the prosecutors and agents, including those from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, for theirs efforts in this successful investigation and prosecution,” Demers added.
Other federal officials noted the seriousness of Shih’s criminal activities.
“This defendant schemed to export to China semiconductors with military and civilian uses, then he lied about it to federal authorities and failed to report income generated by the scheme on his tax returns,” United States Attorney Nick Hanna said.
“My office will enforce laws that protect our nation’s intellectual property from being used to benefit foreign adversaries who may compromise our national security,” Hanna added.
“The FBI is committed to protecting institutions from adversaries who seek to steal sensitive American technology under the guise of research. We will continue to work collaboratively with our federal partners to identify and hold accountable individuals who plunder our research or intellectual property at the expense of the American people and our national security,” said Assistant Director in Charge Paul Delacourt of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
Shih’s co-conspirator Kiet Ahn Mai, who assisted Shih in his illegal activities, pleaded guilty to felony smuggling in December and will face up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 19. Mai’s sentencing date has not been scheduled at the current time.
Two Men Arrested for Planning Terrorist Attack on Trump Tower in Support of ISIS
They’re from South Carolina and Texas.
The FBI has arrested two men and charged them with planning terrorist attacks on locations such as New York’s Trump Tower in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Kristopher Sean Matthews of South Carolina and Jaylyn Christopher Molina of Texas have been charged with conspiring to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Matthews adopted the pseudonym Ali Jibreel, and Molina the name Abdur Rahim.
The pair allegedly plotted to attack government facilities and New York’s Trump Tower, discussing their plans in jihadist chatrooms. They were busted by federal informants within these honeypots.
“We need to stick together, we need to defeat them, we need to take a lot of casualties,” said Molina of the pair’s plotting. Molina spoke of his allegiance to ISIS in the server. “You are my enemy (America) and never will I wear your flag … but I will raise the black flag of Allah.”
They also spoke of the proposition of traveling to Syria in order to fight for ISIS, an idea that would’ve almost certainly resulted in their quick capture or death. American citizens caught fighting for ISIS on foreign battlefields have proven to be a legal nightmare for American military and civil law to manage.
Both were arrested on Monday. They face a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison, with a lifetime of supervised release.
These clowns didn’t get very far in actually planning acts of violence in support of ISIS, and they seem to have somewhat missed the boat- ISIS has largely been defeated by American-backed Kurdish militias and the Iraqi and Syrian governments. But they deserve punishment nonetheless.
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