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Filipino man sentenced, fined after Tampa investigation of military drone sold online

TAMPA — A federal judge ordered a Filipino man Tuesday to pay a $13,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release for trying to sell an imported drone aircraft on eBay.

Henson Chua pleaded guilty earlier this year to violating the Arms Export Control Act. He was arrested in California after investigators say he imported a U.S. military low-altitude aerial surveillance device, known as a "Raven." It caught the attention of Tampa-based Homeland Security investigators when he listed it online for $13,000.

In an email exchange with undercover investigators, Chua said he bought the drone at a Philippine government auction. But he never got authorization to bring it into the country.

U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. sentenced him on one count of violating registration and licensing requirements.

Filipino man sentenced, fined after Tampa investigation of military drone sold online 11/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 8:03pm]
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