Dayton, Ohio (AP) -- A federal grand jury in Dayton has accused a man living in Hong Kong of trying to buy infrared thermal-imaging cameras for illegal export to Hong Kong and China.
U.S. Attorney Gregory Lockhart said Wednesday that Hing Shing Lau, also known as Victor Lau, was indicted for violating export-control laws and money laundering.
Authorities say Lau contacted a businessman in the Dayton area to buy 12 cameras and wired $39,000 from Hong Kong as partial payment.
The U.S. Department of Commerce controls export of thermal-imaging cameras to Hong Kong and China for national security and other reasons.
The cameras can be used in unmanned-vehicles, weapons sights, and security and surveillance products.
Authorities say Lau was arrested in Toronto last week after arranging to take delivery of the cameras.
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