- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A Japanese man has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison for trying to export what he thought were two handheld military radios.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul (HOH’-kul) said Thursday that 30-year-old Iteru Masui was convicted of violating the Arms Export Control Act by attempting to send radios out of the United States in the spring of 2013.

AN/PRC-152 radios made by the Harris Corporation in Rochester aren’t available for purchase by the public. But prosecutors say Masui responded to an advertisement for the radios that was placed by a federal undercover agent and then tried to mail what turned out to be dummy radios to Japan.

According to his plea agreement, Masui told investigators that he knew that the radios weren’t supposed by be exported.

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