MIAMI (Feb. 19, 2010)—Federal agents have arrested a Taiwanese exporter and charged him with selling goods to Iran—including a synthetic rubber sealing compound—for use in Iran's missile program.
Yi-Lan Chen, also known as Kevin Chen, was arrested Feb. 3 and charged with violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the ongoing embargo on exporting U.S. goods to Iran without the express authorization of the Treasury Department.
The Justice Department filed the affidavit of Alan Berkowitz, a special agent with the Commerce Department's Office of Export Enforcement, with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Jan. 26.
According to Berkowitz's affidavit, Chen facilitated the export of more than 30 shipments of goods from the U.S. to Iran by way of Hong Kong. These goods included turbine engines, detonators and nine quarts of MIL-S-8516 sealing compound, an accelerated SR compound used to seal low-voltage electrical connectors, wiring and other electrical equipment against moisture and corrosion.
MIL-S-8516 compound is manufactured in Pacoima, Calif., according to Berkowitz's affidavit. It is designed to military specifications; used frequently in military, aerospace and automotive applications; and is considered a hazardous material for military purposes, the document said.
Officials at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami could not immediately be reached for comment.