US man pleads guilty to illegally exporting space components to Russia, China

Reuters

Posted at Aug 04 2017 09:10 AM

WASHINGTON - A Texas man pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to illegally export radiation hardened integrated circuits for use in Russian and Chinese space programs, the US Justice Department said in a statement.

Peter Zuccarelli, 62, of Plano, Texas, received approximately $1.5 million from an unnamed co-conspirator to purchase the circuits for Chinese and Russian customers, in violation of strict export controls, the statement said.

Zuccarelli faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set, the statement said.