SAN DIEGO (CN) – A federal jury this week convicted a Chinese man of conspiring to smuggle U.S. defense goods to China without a license. Chi Tong Kuok, of Macau, will be sentenced on Aug. 23 for conspiracy, smuggling and money laundering.
Chi negotiated with an undercover agent for 2 years before he was arrested, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in announcing the conviction. Among the devices he sought to smuggle to China was encryption software used in military communications.
The Chinese government is suspected of wide-ranging industrial espionage, particularly in software, for military and industrial and commercial applications.