As Kevin Rector reports for the Baltimore Sun, an undercover federal agent
in Baltimore snagged a 34-year-old man on eBay when he pretended to be
an out-of-country buyer of night vision goggles.
The 34-year-old, who resides in Florida, mailed a package marked as “Rangefinder”
with a value of $70, although the package really contained night vision
goggles that cost $7,000.
He apparently did this twice, both times selling night vision goggles,
which is illegal under the Arms Export Control Act, as Rector writes.
The government argued that night vision goggles are “designed to
enable military ground troop personnel to conduct night operations.”
The 34 year old, who was arrested and charged in 2011, has recently plead
guilty and will be sentenced this summer. He faces up to 20 years behind bars.
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