3 Beijing men in LA sentenced to prison for shipping restricted technology to China

3 sentenced in LA for sending technology to China

LOS ANGELES — Three Beijing men have been sentenced to federal prison for shipping or trying to ship restricted technology from Los Angeles to China.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Tuesday that William Tsu was sentenced this week to more than three years for export violations. Prosecutor say Tsu, the vice president of a Hacienda Heights trading company, illegally shipped more than 400 high-tech integrated circuits to China.

Tah Wei Chao was sentenced to 20 months in prison for trying to smuggle thermal-imaging cameras, and co-defendant Zhi Yong Guo got five years.

Prosecutors say the two men were arrested last year with tiny ultra-sensitive cameras hidden in their luggage as they were about to board a plane for China.

The technologies are restricted from export because of their potential military uses.

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