Bolingbrook man accused of trying to smuggle banned camera into Pakistan
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter May 8, 2014 1:04PM
Updated: May 8, 2014 3:23PM
A Bolingbrook man who shipped a military surveillance camera to Pakistan has been charged with violating U.S. export laws.
Bilal Ahmed, 33, allegedly tried to smuggle a thermal imaging camera that allows soldiers to see enemies as far as 11 miles away.
The $102,000 camera is on a national security list of controlled equipment that can’t be sold to certain countries, including Pakistan, without an export license.
But Ahmed ignored that and sent it from his Schaumburg-based business, Trexim Corp., to a company in Pakistan in March, the feds say.
Indicted on two counts Wednesday, he remains free on bond.
If convicted on the more serious of those two counts, he faces up to 20 years behind bars and a $1 million fine.