Order Denying Export Privileges
On July 11, 2011, in the U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, Boniface U. Ibe (“Ibe”) was convicted of violating Section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778 (2000)) (“AECA”) and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq. (2000)) (“IEEPA”). Specifically, Ibe was convicted of knowingly and willfully exporting, causing to be exported, and attempting to export from the United States to Nigeria, defense articles included on the United States Munitions List, namely, firearms and ammunition, without having first obtained from the Department of State a license for such export or written authorization for such export, in violation of AECA. Ibe was also convicted of knowingly and willfully exporting, causing to exported, and attempting to export from the United States to Nigeria shotguns without having first obtained a validated export license from the United States Department of Commerce, in violation of IEEPA. Ibe was sentenced to five months in prison followed by 10 months of supervised release. Ibe is also listed on the U.S. Department of State Debarred List.
Section 766.25 of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR” or “Regulations”)
provides, in pertinent part, that “[t]he Director of the Office of Exporter Services, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Export Enforcement, may deny the export privileges of any person who has been convicted of a violation of the [Export Administration Act (“EAA”)], the EAR, or any order, license or authorization issued thereunder; any regulation, license, or order issued under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706); 18 U.S.C. 793, 794 or 798; section 4(b) of the Internal Security Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. 783(b)), or section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778).” 15 CFR 766.25(a); see also Section 11(h) of the EAA, 50 U.S.C. app. § 2410(h). The denial of export privileges under this provision may be for a period of up to 10 years from the date of the conviction. 15 CFR 766.25(d); see also 50 U.S.C. app. § 2410(h). In addition, Section 750.8 of the Regulations states that the Bureau of Industry and Security's Office of Exporter Services may revoke any Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) licenses previously issued in which the person had an interest in at the time of his conviction.
I have received notice of Ibe's conviction for violating AECA and IEEPA, and have provided notice and an opportunity for Ibe to make a written submission to BIS, as provided in Section 766.25 of the Regulations. I have not received a submission from Ibe. Based upon my review and consultations with BIS's Office of Export Enforcement, including its Director, and the facts available to BIS, I have decided to deny Ibe's export privileges under the Regulations for a period of 10 years from the date of Ibe's conviction. I have also decided to revoke all licenses issued pursuant to the Act or Regulations in which Ibe had an interest at the time of his conviction.
Accordingly, it is hereby
I. Until July 11, 2021, Boniface U. Ibe, with a last known address at: 11202 Trevor Court, Mitchellville, MD 20721, and when acting for or on behalf of Ibe, his representatives, assigns, agents or employees (the “Denied Person”), may not, directly or indirectly, participate in any way in any transaction involving any commodity, software or technology (hereinafter collectively referred to as “item”) exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations, including, but not limited to:
A. Applying for, obtaining, or using any license, License Exception, or export control document;
B. Carrying on negotiations concerning, or ordering, buying, receiving, using, selling, delivering, storing, disposing of, forwarding, transporting, financing, or otherwise Start Printed Page 85servicing in any way, any transaction involving any item exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations, or in any other activity subject to the Regulations; or
C. Benefitting in any way from any transaction involving any item exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations, or in any other activity subject to the Regulations.
II. No person may, directly or indirectly, do any of the following:
A. Export or reexport to or on behalf of the Denied Person any item subject to the Regulations;
B. Take any action that facilitates the acquisition or attempted acquisition by the Denied Person of the ownership, possession, or control of any item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be exported from the United States, including financing or other support activities related to a transaction whereby the Denied Person acquires or attempts to acquire such ownership, possession or control;
C. Take any action to acquire from or to facilitate the acquisition or attempted acquisition from the Denied Person of any item subject to the Regulations that has been exported from the United States;
D. Obtain from the Denied Person in the United States any item subject to the Regulations with knowledge or reason to know that the item will be, or is intended to be, exported from the United States; or
E. Engage in any transaction to service any item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be exported from the United States and which is owned, possessed or controlled by the Denied Person, or service any item, of whatever origin, that is owned, possessed or controlled by the Denied Person if such service involves the use of any item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be exported from the United States. For purposes of this paragraph, servicing means installation, maintenance, repair, modification or testing.
III. After notice and opportunity for comment as provided in Section 766.23 of the Regulations, any other person, firm, corporation, or business organization related to Ibe by affiliation, ownership, control or position of responsibility in the conduct of trade or related services may also be subject to the provisions of this Order if necessary to prevent evasion of the Order.
IV. This Order does not prohibit any export, reexport, or other transaction subject to the Regulations where the only items involved that are subject to the Regulations are the foreign-produced direct product of U.S.-origin technology.
V. This Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until July 11, 2021.
VI. In accordance with Part 756 of the Regulations, Ibe may file an appeal of this Order with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security. The appeal must be filed within 45 days from the date of this Order and must comply with the provisions of Part 756 of the Regulations.
VII. A copy of this Order shall be delivered to the Ibe. This Order shall be published in the Federal Register.
Dated: Issued this 21st day of December 2012.
Director, Office of Exporter Services.
[FR Doc. 2012-31471 Filed 12-31-12; 8:45 am]
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