A New Jersey woman is paying a heavy price for sending military drawings to India without an export license.
North Brunswick (NJ) businesswoman Hannah Robert (50), who pleaded guilty to illegally exporting military blueprints to India, has been sentenced to 57-months in prison
Hannah, a former defense contractor, failed to obtain the required licenses before sending the military technical drawing to India where she co-owned a defense hardware and parts company.
Hannah upload the drawings to a Camden County church web site and e-mailed the user name and password to enable her Indian partner “P.R.” to download them from the site.
The U.S. Arms Export Control Act prohibits export of defense articles and services without a license from the American State Department.
The technical drawings Hannah sent to India cover parts used in torpedo systems for nuclear submarines, military attack helicopters and F-15 fighter aircraft.
“Hannah Robert conspired to send to another country thousands of technical drawings of defense hardware items and sensitive military data,” U.S. Attorney Paul 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.”
Court documents reveal quality issues with Made in India parts supplied to the U.S. Defense Department leading to the grounding of 47 F-15 fighter planes for inspection and repair for an unspecified period of time.
Hannah Robert and her Indian partner “P.R.” are also said to have used the sensitive American military drawings to bid for foreign contracts in the United Arab Emirates without approval.
In addition to the 57-month prison term, Judge Anne Thompson ordered Hannah Robert to serve three years of supervised release and pay $181,015.27 in restitution.