US woman charged for illegally sending tech drawings to India

US woman charged for illegally sending tech drawings to India

A former woman defense contractor has been indicted by a US court for illegally exporting to India military blueprints and technical drawings of the parts used in some of the sensitive hardware like F-15s.

Currently under home detention pending trial, 49-year-old Hannah Robert of North Brunswick, New Jersey, has been charged in a superseding indictment with one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act, one count of conspiracy to violate the act and four counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

According to court documents, Robert, founder, owner, and president of One Source USA LLC, used the computer of a local church to transfer technical drawings of military hardware parts. The exported technical drawings include parts used in the torpedo systems for nuclear submarines, attack helicopters and F-15 fighter aircraft, the Department of Justice said.

Robert owned One Source company in India along with one PR. She also owned Caldwell Components.
She transmitted export-controlled technical data to one PR in India so that they could submit bids to foreigners, including those in the United Arab Emirates, to supply them or their foreign customers with defense hardware items and spare parts.

Neither Robert nor P.R. obtained approval from the US Department of State for this conduct, the Justice Department said. If found guilty, Robert face a fine of USD 250,000 and imprisonment up to 20 years.

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