4 Years for Selling Jet Engines

Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 06:08 PM gHale


A California woman got four years in prison after a guilty verdict for conspiring to export jet engines and drone technology to the People’s Republic of China.

Wenxia Man, aka Wency Man, 45, of San Diego, got 50 months in prison after her conviction by a federal jury in the Southern District of Florida on one count of conspiring to export and cause the export “of defense articles” without the required license.

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These items are banned for sale to China under the terms of the Arms Export Control Act.

Man, who was born in China, was found guilty of conspiring with with Xinsheng Zhang, who was located in China, to illegally acquire and export to China defense articles. Zhang worked for the Chinese military and was looking to acquire various pieces of hi-tech equipment including Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 engines used in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter; Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines used in the F-22 Raptor fighter jet; the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Predator B Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, capable of firing Hellfire Missiles; and technical data for each of these defense articles.

Zhang was referred to by Wenxia Man as a “technology spy” interested in stealth technology.

She made a mistake by double checking with an “industry source” if a specific jet fighter engine would be difficult to export. That source then reported her to Federal agents.

She was subsequently contacted by an undercover agent claiming to work for a fictitious company who said he could get her the items she was after.

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Man avoided the 20-year maximum sentence possible under the Arms Export Control Act.