Jan 22, 2014 - The Associated PressCHEYENNE -- A Russian man who pleaded guilty to trying to export military-grade, thermal-imaging rifle sights from the U.S. without a federal license must leave the country and pay a $7,500 fine, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne granted a request from federal prosecutor Bob Murray to cap the incarceration of Roman Kvinikadze, 32, of Moscow, at the 147 days he has already served since his arrest in Wyoming last summer.
The judge said Kvinikadze could stay in custody for up to 10 more days while he makes arrangements to leave the country.
The U.S. State Department restricts export of the sights, which allow a shooter to see a target's body heat in the dark. Although legal for civilians in the United States, the sights can have military applications.
"The U.S. export laws and restrictions help ensure that our own weapons and technologies won't be used against us or against our military members fighting overseas," said Kumar C. Kibble, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Denver.
Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.