Man jailed over military smuggling
A Chinese man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for trying to smuggle restricted US military equipment to his native Macau.
City News Service reported a federal judge in San Diego handed down the sentence on Monday for Chi Tong Kuok.
Kuok was convicted in May of conspiracy, money laundering, smuggling and attempting to export defence articles without a licence.
Prosecutors said Kuok tried to buy and smuggle communications, encryption and GPS equipment used by the United States and Nato militaries.
According to court documents, Kuok contacted a British company in 2006 and tried to obtain items made by a defence contractor in Carlsbad, San Diego.
US authorities were notified and set up a two-year sting investigation.
He was arrested in June 2009.