Earlier today, the Manhattan US Attorney had 49-year old Mark Henry arrested at his home. The Queens resident has been accused of exporting military use items to Taiwan and China. He was taken to Manhattan federal court to explain his actions to U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “As alleged, Mark Henry shipped sensitive military and dual-use materials in violation of federal laws that seek to prevent such materials from ending up in the wrong hands. His arrest today demonstrates, yet again, the seriousness with which law enforcement takes its responsibility to catch and prosecute those who attempt to export prohibited items and materials and to violate trade embargoes.”
According to the allegations, Henry operated an export company based in New York City. Since April of 2009, he has shipped goods from suppliers located in the U.S. to customers in China and Taiwan. Some of the items he exported are microwave amplifiers and a product used as a protective coating for rocket nozzles. These military grade products are designated as defense articles on the U.S. Munitions List and Commerce Control List to China and Taiwan.
Henry did not apply for or receive the requisite licenses for these shipments. Therefore, he is being charged with:
- 1 count of conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act. (Maximum 5 years)
- 1 count of violating the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. (Maximum 20 years)
- 1 count of attempting to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. (Maximum 20 years)
The Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit will handle the prosecution. Henry faces up to 45 years if found guilty of all charges.