U.S. Defence Contractor Arraigned On Charges Of Exporting Military Blueprints To India

Washington: A U.S. defence contractor, owner of two New Jersey-based firms, was arraigned by a court on charges of illegally exporting to India blueprints of the hi-tech military equipment and their parts.

Hannah Robert, 48, a resident of North Brunswick, in New Jersey was arraigned before the U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano in Trenton federal court.

She was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 10, on one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act and one count of conspiracy to violate the act.

She remains under home detention pending trial. Robert was the founder, owner and president of One Source USA LLC, a company located at her then-residence in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and contracted with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to supply defense hardware items and spare parts pursuant to government contracts.

In September 2012, she opened a second defence-contracting company, Caldwell Components Inc., based at the same address in Mount Laurel.

According to court papers, along with "R.P", a resident of India, Robert owned and operated a company in India, One Source (One Source India), that manufactured at its own facility defense hardware items and spare parts.

From June 2010 to December 2012, Robert and R.P. conspired to export to India defense technical drawings without obtaining the necessary licenses from the U.S. Department of State.

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Source: PTI