An Atkinson, NH company pleaded guilty in federal court to 14 counts of failing to report export information on shipments to Russia and Ukraine.
U.S. attorney Jane E. Young said Monday that Intertech Trading Corporation, a distributor of laboratory equipment, is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 17, if the court accepts the binding plea agreement. Intertech will pay the maximum fine allowed of $10,000 per count and will be subject to a two-year probation and supervision period.
According to court documents and court statements, between 2015 and 2019, Intertech exported lab equipment to Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere, misrepresenting the nature and value of exported items on commercial invoices and forms shipping. In its plea agreement, Intertech admitted to using false and innocuous descriptions such as “aquarium lamp” or “spare parts for welding system”, rather than accurately identifying the sophisticated scientific equipment actually contained in the shipments.
According to Young’s office, Intertech admitted to significantly undervaluing the shipments, thereby avoiding the requirement to file electronic export information, which would have been reported to the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security.
The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division, and the Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarad Hodes and Attorney David Lim of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Controls Section.