As Kevin Rector reports for the Baltimore Sun, an undercover federal agent in Baltimore snagged a 34-year-old man on eBay when he pretended to be an out-of-country buyer of night vision goggles.
The 34-year-old, who resides in Florida, mailed a package marked as “Rangefinder” with a value of $70, although the package really contained night vision goggles that cost $7,000.
He apparently did this twice, both times selling night vision goggles, which is illegal under the Arms Export Control Act, as Rector writes. The government argued that night vision goggles are “designed to enable military ground troop personnel to conduct night operations.”
The 34 year old, who was arrested and charged in 2011, has recently plead guilty and will be sentenced this summer. He faces up to 20 years behind bars.
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