UCLA Professor Found Guilty With Conspiring With China to Steal Missile Technology

UCLA adjunct professor Yi-Chi Shih was convicted of 18 federal crimes connected to transferring American missile technology banned by law from export and will face 219 years in prison when he is sentenced later on this year. He was convicted of  conspiracy to break  the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), committing mail and wire fraud, lying to a government agency, subscribing to a false tax return, and conspiring to gain unauthorized access to information on a protected computer.

Shih was transferring microchips to China, which by law cannot be exported for the use of foreign nations, especially ones who are not altogether friendly to the US. This is not the first time missile technology has been sent to China illegally. Loral of Lodi, NJ , a donor to the Bill Clinton campaigns, was found to have transferred technology and codes to the Chinese. Clinton okayed the transfer.

From Campus Reform

A jury found an electrical engineer and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) professor guilty of exporting stolen U.S. military technology to China.

UCLA adjunct professor Yi-Chi Shih was convicted June 26 on 18 federal charges, Newsweek reported, and could now lose hundreds of thousands of dollars, while also facing up to 219 years behind bars for numerous violations of the law. These include conspiracy to break  the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), committing mail and wire fraud, lying to a government agency, subscribing to a false tax return, and conspiring to gain unauthorized access to information on a protected computer, according to a Department of Justice news release

“Schemed to export to China semiconductors with military and civilian uses, then he lied about it    

Shih and co-defendant Kiet Ahn Mai tried to access illegally a protected computer owned by a U.S. company that manufactured semiconductor chips called monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs). MMICs are used by the Air Force and Navy in fighter jets, missiles and missile guidance technology, and electronic military defense systems.