Ex-US Navy sailor caught selling sensitive military equipment to China

A former US Navy sailor was caught trying to sell 'sensitive military equipment' to China in cahoots with her husband.

Ye Sang Wang, 37 also known as Ivy, was a Logistics Specialists with the Naval Special Warfare Command.

According to the US Justice Department, Ivy used her role to purchase the equipment which her husband, 38-year-old Shaohua 'Eric' Wang, then sold to Chinese buyers through his online store.

She was sentenced to 30 months in prison and handed a $20,000 (£14,900) fine on Tuesday.

Ivy, originally from China, joined the US Navy in 2005 and became a US citizen two years later, going onto sponsor Eric's bid for citizenship.

Court records indicate that their dodgy scheme started in September 2016.

Whilst deployed in Iraq in March 2018, Ivy used her military email to order a device that can identify US military personnel in the field.

She told her superiors that it was for her husband to use on a camping trip, but law enforcement secretly disabled it before she handed it to Eric later that year.

In another instance, according to court records, Eric made $2,300 (£1,700) selling a SEAL Team 5 helmet in November 2018.

Ivy told investigators that Eric had even created an Excel spreadsheet detailing what items he wanted to sell on to China.

The Justice Department said: "She grew so annoyed at his repeated requests that, after purchasing equipment for him through March 2018, she gave him her password to her military email address and told him to buy the export-controlled military equipment posing as her after she deployed."

Despite being under investigation from at least October 2018, she continued to supply her husband with equipment until the end of the year.

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

In September 2019 Eric pleaded guilty to illegally selling export-controlled equipment through his online business.

He also admitted to enlisting his wife in the scheme, frequently travelling to China and maintaining a warehouse there to store the equipment.

In February 2020 he was handed a 46-month prison sentence.

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