Former US sailor convicted of selling stolen special ops materiel to China

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A former US Navy sailor was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison and a $ 20,000 fine for plotting with her husband to illegally export “sensitive military equipment” to China on their own profit, the US Department of Justice said.

Former Logistics Specialist 1st Class Ye Sang “Ivy” Wang, 37, was assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Command and admitted to using her official position to purchase military equipment which her husband then sold to of online shoppers in China, according to the department.

She pleaded guilty in July and received a very honorable discharge from the Navy in September, court records show.

Her husband, Shaohua “Eric” Wang, 38, ran an online store selling stolen equipment to customers in China, court records show.

In one case, these records show Shaohua Wang sold a ballistic helmet owned by SEAL Team 5 to a Chinese customer in November 2018, earning him around $ 2,300 in the process.

An item Ye Sang Wang purchased in March 2018 using his military email and postal address identifies U.S. personnel in the field and has been subject to federal export controls.

Wang was deployed to Iraq at the time and told her command that the package she ordered from her San Diego-based command was for her husband’s camping trip, according to the department.

Later in 2018, she returned home and gave the device to her husband, but law enforcement had secretly disabled it beforehand.

Wang told the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that her husband sent her an Excel spreadsheet of military equipment that she had to purchase for buyers in China, according to the department.

Her husband could not purchase the equipment with his personal email address, so he repeatedly harassed his wife into doing so.

“She became so annoyed by his repeated requests that after purchasing equipment for him until March 2018, she gave him the password for his military email address and told him to buy the military equipment. export control masquerading as it after its deployment, ”he added. said the Department of Justice.

Shaohua Wang’s scheme began in September 2016, according to court records.

These records indicate that Ye Sang Wang continued to provide military equipment to her husband until December 2018, even though she knew she had been under investigation since at least October 2018, according to court records.

“Ms. Wang betrayed her oath to the US Navy and ultimately threatened the operational readiness and security of our country’s military by attempting to illegally acquire and export sensitive military equipment to China.” Special Agent in Charge Joshua Flowers of the NCIS Southwest Field Office said in a statement.

Shaohua Wang pleaded guilty in September 2019 to selling export-controlled U.S. military equipment through his online business and admitted to enlisting his wife to use her Navy position to advance the project, according to the department.

“(Shaohua Wang) also admitted that he maintains a warehouse in China to house military equipment, travels frequently and has ties to buyers in China,” the justice ministry said.

He was sentenced to 46 months in prison in February 2020.

“Shaohua ‘Eric’ Wang is currently serving the remainder of his sentence in house arrest with (Ye Sang Wang) and their two minor children,” the court records indicate.

Ye Sang Wang is originally from China and enlisted in the Navy in 2005, becoming a U.S. citizen two years later, court records show.

She then sponsored her husband to become a US citizen.

Geoff is a senior Navy reporter for the Military Times. He has covered Iraq and Afghanistan extensively and was recently a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He welcomes all kinds of advice at geoffz@militarytimes.com.


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