ERJ staff report (DS)
Washington DC -- Yi-Lan Chen, "Kevin Chen," 40, a Taiwan passport holder, was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010, on charges of illegally exporting commodities for Iran's missile program.
Among other products, Chen is accused of attempting to export MIL-S-8516 Sealing Compound. This is an accelerated, synthetic, rubber sealing compound used for sealing low-voltage electrical connectors, wiring and other electrical equipment against moisture and corrosion. This particular sealant is designed to military specifications and has numerous applications in military, aerospace, and automotive industries. It is also considered a hazardous material for shipping purposes.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Chen facilitated the purchase and export of various dual use goods from the U.S. to Iran by way of Taiwan and Hong Kong.
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Press release from US department of Justice