COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) - A Covington man was sentenced to 93 months in prison for illegally exporting sophisticated technology equipment to China.
Louis Brothers, 63, pleaded guilty to the charges in July of 2015. Brothers admitted to authorities that from 2009 until 2013, he exported microcircuits to China.
Under federal law, anyone exporting a defense article, including microcircuits, to China must obtain permission from the Department of State.
Brothers, the former CEO of Valley Forge Composite Technologies, allegedly labeled the shipments as "computer parts" in order to conceal the identity, according to the Department of Justice.
He also admitted to falsifying paper work to make it look like the money he received was from a business he owned in Kentucky, not China.
As part of the sentence, Brothers is ordered to pay $1.1 million.