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DOJ: TWO CHINESE INDIVIDUALS CHARGED IN TECHNOLOGY SCHEME

(The following press release from the U.S. Department of Justice was received 
by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.) 
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012                                                       
TWO CHINESE INDIVIDUALS CHARGED IN SCHEME TO OBTAIN
CONTROLLED DUAL-USE AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY 
Defendants Allegedly Stole the Name of an American Business in Attempt to 
Purchase Programmable Logic Devices Capable Of Military Applications 
PORTLAND, Ore. -- U. S. Attorney S. Amanda Marshall, F.B.I. Special 
Agent-in-Charge Greg Fowler, and Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and 
Security, Office of Export Enforcement, Special Agent-in-Charge Julie L. 
Salcido announced today the unsealing of a 12-count indictment charging Wan Li 
Yuan and another unknown Chinese resident with conspiracy to violate the Export 
Administration Regulations and smuggle goods, conspiracy to commit money 
laundering and 10 counts of money laundering in connection with an attempt to 
obtain dual-use programmable logic devices (PLDs) which are manufactured by 
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation of Hillsboro, Ore., to perform at extended 
temperature ranges and tested to military specifications. 
According to the indictment, while operating from the People’s Republic of 
China, Yuan used the alias “Nicholas Bush,” and a second Chinese resident used 
the alias “Jason Jiang,” as they created a sophisticated scheme to conceal 
their true identity and location in order to mislead U.S. companies into 
believing they were dealing with American customers so that the defendants 
could procure and send sensitive technologies to China without the required 
export licenses. 
Specifically, Yuan and Jiang sought to procure Lattice Semiconductor PLDs 
designed to operate at extreme temperature ranges and which can have military 
applications such as in missiles and radar systems.  To further his efforts, 
the indictment alleges that Yuan created a fake website and email addresses 
using the name of a legitimate New York-based company.  Yuan requested U.S. 
companies to ship the desired parts to the address of a freight forwarder in 
New York, which he also falsely represented as being associated with the New 
York company whose business name Yuan had stolen. 
Through the investigation and use of an undercover operation, the FBI and 
Department of Commerce were able to seize approximately $414,000 in funds sent 
by Yuan as down payments for the Lattice PLDs. 
“The Department of Justice is committed to finding, charging, and prosecuting 
anyone who attempts to illegally procure American technology,” said U. S. 
Attorney Marshall.  “Even if we cannot arrest them overseas, we will seek to 
forfeit any assets we find in the United States.” 
“Oregon is rich with high-tech innovators and companies that power the U.S. 
economy,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Fowler. “These companies can become 
targets for foreign nationals and governments who want to take advantage of 
American research and production while taking aim at American national security 
interests.  The FBI works closely with our industry partners to prevent the 
illegal acquisition of export-controlled sensitive U.S. technologies.”
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“This indictment tells illicit traders that violating the U.S. export 
regulations threatens our national security and will be dealt with 
accordingly,” said Commerce Special Agent-in -Charge Salcido. 
Lattice Semiconductor cooperated with the government in this investigation.  
“As a global technology company, Lattice is committed to strict compliance with 
U.S. and other applicable export controls,” stated Byron Milstead, Lattice’s 
general counsel.  “We appreciate the support provided by U.S. enforcement 
authorities in assisting us in our compliance efforts.” 
A criminal indictment is only an allegation and not evidence of guilt.  
Defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. 
The investigation was conducted jointly by the Portland Office of the FBI and 
the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of 
Export Enforcement, San Jose Field Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant 
U.S. Attorney Charles F. Gorder, Jr.
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