U.S. Charges Woman for Exporting Underwater Drone Technology to China

AP Photo/Andy Wong
AP Photo/Andy Wong

(Reuters) — A Florida woman was charged with conspiring to illegally export U.S. technology used in underwater drones to a Chinese state-owned entity, according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday.

Amin Yu, 53, of Orlando, Florida worked from 2002 until February 2014 to obtain systems and components used in marine submersible vehicles at the direction of her co-conspirators at Harbin Engineering University in China, according to the charges.

Yu was charged with 18 counts, including acting as an illegal agent for a foreign government, unlawful export and money laundering. Yu fraudulently and knowingly exported materials in violation of U.S. law, the indictment said.

Harbin Engineering University conducts research and development for the Chinese government and military, according to the charging document.

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