San Jose man charged with illegally exporting aviation technology to Chinese university

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SAN FRANCISCO – A 34-year-old San Jose man has been charged with illegally exporting and smuggling sensitive American aviation technology to a Chinese university, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jonathan Yet Wing Soong made his initial appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court to face charges related to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and smuggling. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for violating the act and up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine for smuggling.

Between April 2016 and September 2020, Soong worked as a program administrator for the Universities Space Research Association, or USRA, a nonprofit corporation contracted by NASA to distribute sensitive aeronautics-related software developed through the Army’s Software Transfer Agreement program, according to a complaint unsealed Thursday. Soong was responsible for overseeing certain software license sales,…

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