SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The former CEO and owner of a San Diego-based company that manufactures and supplies tungsten products used in US military applications and munitions pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawfully sending sensitive information to foreign countries.
Joe Sery, 77, the former head of Tungsten Heavy Powder & Parts, pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge for providing technical data regarding the munitions to his brother, who in turn took the data to China, in India and other countries “under Sery’s leadership,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Sery should obtain a valid license or approval from the US State Department before exporting such defense articles, the US attorney’s office said. His plea deal said he had been trained in US export control laws, which prohibit the unlicensed export of items and data on the US munitions list.
“As the CEO of a company with multiple defense contracts, Sery was entrusted with controlled information that he knew he had to protect, but he completely ignored security rules and allowed the sending of sensitive data in China, India and elsewhere,” U.S. Attorney Randy said. Disgusting man. “He is now held accountable.”
In a separate case, the company also agreed last year to pay more than $5.6 million to resolve allegations that it falsely claimed materials for its products were sourced and manufactured in the United States.