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November 05, 2009 

Director of Singapore Firm Sentenced for Illegally Exporting Controlled Aircraft Components to Iran

A U.S. citizen who served as a director of a Singapore-based importer and exporter of aircraft parts was sentenced today in federal court in Brooklyn to 46 months in prison for conspiring to export aircraft parts to Iran. The defendant was also ordered to forfeit $500,000 to the U.S. Treasury Department.

Laura Wang-Woodford, who served as a director of Singapore-based Monarch Aviation Pte., Ltd. and Jungda International Pte. Ltd., was arrested in December 2007, at San Francisco International Airport, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiring to export aircraft parts to Iran via Singapore and Malaysia. Wang-Woodford's co-conspirator, her husband Brian Woodford, remains a fugitive.

Ms. Wang-Woodford and her husband, who were originally indicted in 2003, were subsequently charged with:

  • 1 count of conspiring to export aircraft parts to Iran;
  • 15 counts of exporting aircraft parts to Iran in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act;
  • 1 count of conspiring to export defense articles without a license;
  • 2 counts of exporting and attempting to export defense articles without a license, in violation of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations; and
  • 1 count of conspiring to launder the proceeds of the unlawful export of defense articles.
The Justice Department's press release in case can be found here.

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