Source: The Seattle Times
A New Zealand man has been indicted in Seattle on federal charges that he attempted to purchase aircraft parts in the U.S. that he planned to sell to a client in China.
Federal prosecutors say that William Ali’s plan violated the Arms Export Control Act. His case was unsealed Tuesday. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Seattle on the two-count indictment on Friday.
A message sent to Ali’s lawyer, Assistant Federal Public Defender Nancy Tenney, seeking comment was not immediately returned.
A Homeland Security agent began investigating Ali in 2015 when he contacted a U.S. company asking for aircraft parts called accelerometers. The agent said the models Ali sought were developed for low or zero gravity navigation systems used in spacecraft. Other models are used in aircraft.
Anyone selling these parts must have an export license. Ali did not have a license, prosecutors sa…