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.
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.The exported technical drawings include parts used in the torpedo systems for nuclear submarines, in military attack helicopters and in F-15 fighter jets, the court papers allege.
Robert allegedly lied on her bids for DoD contracts, stating that she would be supplying American-made products and that her NJ-based company was a manufacturer, rather than a dealer, of defense spare parts.
One Source USA also subcontracted to other American defense contractors, including those in Sussex County, New Jersey and Boca Raton, Florida, Robert provided export-controlled items made in India to these defense contractors in the United States in such a way as to appear to the DoD that the items were manufactured in this country.
In addition to U.S.' sales, Robert and R.P. sold defense hardware items to foreign customers, the court papers alleged.
Robert transmitted export-controlled technical data to R.P. in India so that they could submit bids to foreign actors, including those in the United Arab Emirates, to supply them or their foreign customers with defense hardware items and spare parts.