Published: Sun, November 10, 2019

A Military Camera Said 'Made in USA' The Screen Was in Chinese

A Military Camera Said 'Made in USA' The Screen Was in Chinese

Federal examiners have documented criminal accusations blaming a NY organization for uncovering the US government and private clients to security chances by illicitly bringing in and selling reconnaissance and security hardware from China.

"The defendants falsely claimed for years that their surveillance and security equipment was manufactured on Long Island, padding their pockets with money from lucrative contracts without regard for the risk to our country's national security posed by secretly peddling made-in-China electronics with known cyber vulnerabilities", said Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of NY.

In 1992, he was found guilty of conspiring to influence a female juror in a case charging him with wire fraud.

Prosecutors say the corporate billed its merchandise as home made - with some even baring phony "Made within the U.S. labels - despite the fact that they have been really smuggled into the States from China and elsewhere". The company allegedly made almost $90 million.

By the end of 2018, Aventura had sold $20.7 million of security gear to the U.S. General Services Administration by lying about products' country of origin.

In complete the corporate collected $88 million in gross sales with each private and non-private sector shoppers since November 2010, prosecutors say.

A U.S. Department of Justice press release states: "Four of the individual defendants are also charged with defrauding the U.S. government by falsely claiming that Frances Cabasso was the owner and operator of the company in order to obtain access to valuable government contracts reserved for women-owned businesses when, in fact, Aventura was actually controlled by her husband, Jack Cabasso".

Officials say Aventura's actions endangered military personnel on U.S. Navy ships and military bases by selling them Chinese products with known cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Phone messages seeking comment were left Thursday with Cabasso's attorney and at Aventura's headquarters in Commack, New York. Because of Cabasso's use of shell companies, real estate transactions on behalf of third-party beneficiaries, and other money laundering techniques aimed at obfuscation and concealment, the government does not have a comprehensive understanding of the nature and location of all Cabasso's financial assets, the paper said.

"This software that was then put into US systems was known to have vulnerabilities that would allow others to access those networks", Mr. Donoghue said. Aventura and legal counselors for the Cabassos couldn't quickly be gone after remark.

Agents seized records, bank accounts and a 70-foot yacht.

Mr. Cabasso was so brazen, according to a criminal complaint, that he emailed a government representative in 2016 to accuse other American contractors of selling surveillance products that were made in China. This involved telling one manufacturer to remove the Chinese brand's initials from circuit boards shipped to Aventura, and demanding another supplier delete mention of the Chinese company's name in the operating system.

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