January 12, 2011

Former NASA Employee Exported Illegal Weapons

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged a former employee of NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, with illegally shipping infrared riflescopes to a South Korean company.

Court documents revealed that Kue Sang Chun, of Avon Lake, was charged with one count of exporting defense articles on the United States' Munitions List and one count of filing a false income tax return.

According to the documents, Chun, 66, allegedly exported "Infra Red Focal Plane Array detectors" and "Infra Red camera engines" between 2000 and 2005.

"He did it for money, and to make matters worse, he failed to report that money to pay taxes," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach told Fox News' Cleveland affiliate.

The Fox report cited officials that said Chun abused his position at NASA in order to gain access to a U.S.-based firm that sold infrared weapons technology.

"He was able to gain access to sensitive items that are on what's called the 'munitions list' and then he was able to send them over to South Korea without the permission of the U.S. government," Dettelbach said.


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