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April 02, 2007 

Virginia Company Pleads Guilty to Unlicensed Export of Ballistic Helmets

The export control violations keep coming. Last week, Herndon, Virginia-based Alpine Armoring, Inc., a manufacturer of armored vehicles and seller of bullet proof vests and other armored products, pled guilty to engaging in the unlicensed export of ballistic helmets to Suriname. Alpine Armoring, Inc's president also pled guilty to making false statements on a shipper’s export declaration. Alpine Armoring, Inc. and the company's president have agreed to pay $200,000 in criminal fines and civil sanctions.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia alleged that in January 2002, Alpine Armoring, Inc. shipped an order of ballistic helmets to the Centrale Banke Van Suriname without first obtaining a license for the shipment from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security . The ballistic helmets were apparently classified under Export Control Classification Number 0A018.d and thus were controlled for national security and anti-terrorism reasons. As a result, an export license was required to export the for export to Suriname.

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