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TRENTON – A North Brunswick woman, who was the former owner of two New Jersey defense contracting businesses, was sentenced Thursday to 57 months in prison for conspiring to send sensitive military technical data to India, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin said in a statement.

Hannah Robert, 50, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act by exporting to India military technical drawings without prior approval of the U.S. Department of State. Thompson imposed the sentence in Trenton federal court.

“Hannah Robert conspired to send to another country thousands of technical drawings of defense hardware items and sensitive military data,” Fishman said. “She was also charged with manufacturing substandard parts that were not up to spec, in violation of the contracts she signed with the Department of Defense. Enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act is critical to the defense of our country.”

“Hannah Robert circumvented the U.S. government and provided export-controlled technical data related to various types of military technology to an individual in India,” Carlin said. “We will vigorously prosecute and bring to justice those. who abuse their access to sensitive defense information and violate the Arms Export Control Act.”
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, in June 2010, Robert was the founder, owner, and president of One Source USA LLC, a company located at her then-residence in Mount Laurel that contracted with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to supply defense hardware items and spare parts. In September 2012, Robert opened another defense company, Caldwell Components Inc., based at the same address. Along with a resident of India, identified only as “P.R.,” Robert owned and operated a third company located in India that manufactured defense hardware items and spare parts.

From June 2010 to December 2012, Robert conspired to export to India defense technical drawings without obtaining the necessary licenses from the U.S. Department of State. The exported technical drawings include parts used in the torpedo systems for nuclear submarines, in military attack helicopters and in F-15 fighter aircraft.

In addition to United States’ sales, Robert and P.R. sold defense hardware items to foreign customers. Robert transmitted export-controlled technical data to P.R. in India, so that Robert and P.R. could submit bids to foreign actors, including those in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to supply them or their foreign customers with defense hardware items and spare parts.Neither Robert nor P.R. obtained approval from the U.S. Department of State for this conduct.

On Aug. 23, 2012, P.R. emailed Robert requesting the technical drawing for a particular military item. P.R.’s e-mail forwarded Robert an email from an individual purporting to be “an official contractor of the UAE Ministry of Defence,” and who listed a business address in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The UAE email requested quotations for a bid for the “blanket assembly” for the CH-47F Chinook military helicopter and listed the “End User” for the hardware item as the UAE Armed Forces. Later that same day, Robert replied to P.R.’s email, attaching, among other things, the electronic file for an export-controlled technical drawing titled “Installation and Assy
Acoustic Blankets, STA 120 CH-47F,” to be used in the Chinook attack helicopter.

In October 2010, Robert transmitted the military drawings for these parts to India by posting the technical data to the password-protected website of a Camden County church, where she was a volunteer web administrator. This was done without the knowledge of the church staff. Robert emailed P.R. the username and password to the church website so that P.R. could download the files from India. Through the course of the scheme, Robert uploaded thousands of technical drawings to the church website for P.R. to download in India.

On June 25, 2012, P.R. emailed Robert, stating: “Please send me the church web site username and password.” The email was in reference to both an invoice to and a quote for a trans-shipper known to Robert as a broker of defense hardware items for an end user in Pakistan. This individual used a UAE address for shipping purposes. Later that day, Robert replied to this e-mail, providing a new username and password for the church website so that P.R. could download the particular defense drawings.

On Oct. 5, 2012, Robert emailed P.R. with the subject line “Important.” The email referenced the Pakistan trans-shipper, a separate potential sale to individuals in Indonesia, and the church website: “Please quote [the Pakistan trans-shipper] and Indonesia items today[.] [Dr]awings I cannot do now as if the size exceeds then problem, I should be watching what I upload, will do over the weekend[.] Ask me if you need any drawing . . . . Talk to you tomorrow. . . .”

There were also quality issues with the parts that Robert provided to the DoD. After the DoD in October 2012 disclosed that certain parts used in the wings of the F-15 fighter aircraft, supplied by one of One Source USA’s United States customers, failed, Robert and P.R. provided the principal of their customer with false and misleading material certifications and inspection reports for the parts. These documents, to be transmitted to the DoD, listed only One Source USA’s New Jersey address and not the address of the actual manufacturer in India, One Source India. As a result of the failed wing pins, the DoD grounded approximately 47 F-15 fighter aircraft for inspection and repair, at a cost estimated to exceed $150,000.

Until November 2012, Robert was an employee of a separate defense contractor in Burlington County, where she worked as a system analyst and had access to thousands of drawings marked with export-control warnings and information on this defense contractor’s bids on DoD contracts. Robert misrepresented to her employer the nature and extent of her involvement with One Source USA in order to conceal her criminal conduct.

In addition to the prison term, Thompson ordered Robert to serve three years of supervised release and pay $181,015.27 in restitution.

The Arms Export Control Act prohibits the export of defense articles and defense services without first obtaining a license from the U.S. Department of State and is one of the principal export control laws in the United States, authorities said.
 

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N.J. woman sentenced in scheme to send defense drawings to India


A North Brunswick woman was sentenced Thursday for illegally sending military technical information to India. An indictment also says a manufacturer she co-owned in India produced wing pins for F-15 fighter planes that failed, forcing 47 of the aircraft to be grounded. (Frances Micklow | The Star-Ledger)

TRENTON — A 50-year-old North Brunswick woman was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison for conspiring to send sensitive military technical information to India, U.S. Attorney Paul J.. Fishman announced.

Hannah Robert pleaded guilty last April to one count of conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton. Thompson Thursday sentenced her to 57 months in prison.

Until late 2012, Robert operated a defense supply company, One Source USA, out of a residence in Mount Laurel Township, an indictment says.

Robert, who also co-owned a plant that manufactured defense hardware items in India, worked with a co-conspirator to send drawings and technical information to India without approval from the State Department, it said.
Secretly using a computer at a Camden County church where she volunteered,Robert uploaded "thousands" of technical drawings about parts for, among other things, torpedo systems in nuclear submarines, military attack helicopters and F-15 fighters to India without State Department approvals, the indictment said.

The information was used not only to produce materials for the U.S. Defense Department, the company in India also bid on defense contracts for other nations, including the United Arab Emirates, the indictment said. In other cases, information was sent to facilitate bids for products destined for customers in Pakistan and Indonesia, it said.

In addition to sending the technical information to an Indian co-conspirator, Robert bid on defense contracts in the U.S. claiming they were made domestically, but in fact were made in the plant she co-owned in India, the indictment says.

In at least one case, the indictment says, the items her company supplied failed. Pins used to attach the F-15's wings to its fuselage were not made with the proper materials, forcing the military to ground 47 F-15 fighter aircraft, the indictment says.

Woman gets 5 years for $7M HHS fraud

The grounding cost taxpayers more than $150,000, Fishman's office said.

Robert and the co-conspirator in India provided false certifications and inspection reports for the parts to cover up the scheme, the indictment said.

"Hannah Robert circumvented the U.S. government and provided export-controlled technical data related to various types of military technology to an individual in India," said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin. "We will vigorously prosecute and bring to justice those who abuse their access to sensitive defense information and violate the Arms Export Control Act."

Robert will serve three years of supervised release after her prison term and was ordered by Thompson to pay $181,015 in restitution.

Fishman credited special agents of the Defense Department's Criminal Investigative Service Northeast Field Office and special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Counter Proliferation Investigations, with the investigation leading to the sentencing.
 

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torpedo systems for nuclear submarines, military attack helicopters, and F-15 fighter aircraft.....

Chalo agar kuch blue prints mil Gaye, to accha hai. Trying to help her directly will send wrong signals, may be give some compensation to their family etc....

We need to learn to get things done by a hook or a crook.
An indictment also says a manufacturer she co-owned in India produced wing pins for F-15 fighter planes that failed, forcing 47 of the aircraft to be grounded. (Frances Micklow | The Star-Ledger)

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Those are not the technical blueprints, rather the technical specification, which is only helpful for the OEM's who is competing in the sales bits.
Still they carry a wealth of data...we are required to conceal such information from non-serious and fishing around clients..
 

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Still they carry a wealth of data...we are required to conceal such information from non-serious and fishing around clients..
What wealth of DATA ??

This is just an industrial fraud aimed to get benifit by illegal components fabrication at low-cost in India, & then misrepresenting the source of such components by submitting fraudalent paperwork to hide the source of such components. What benifit India can get from such fraud, is out of my mind.
 

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Made in India sucks big time..here are my experiences with Made in India..

Microsoft support - I usually end up solving the problems myself before the support could even understand..forced MS to cancel the contract and refund..Saudi gov client top notched pissed off!

Nissan Sunny (Made in India) : With in six month the car began to feel like five years old.

Bridgestone Tires : three out of four tires could not hold air needed frequent top ups...

Indian Made Ice machine : well don't even ask...a crude copy of Italian design.
I'm pleased to know the reality. :eek:
 

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