Prosecutors said that Shih, 64, a part-time Los Angeles resident, and co-conspirator Kiet Ahn Mai, 65, of Pasadena, California, illegally gained access to manufactured wide-band, high-power semiconductor chips known as monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) from an unnamed US firm.
Yi-Chi Shih was found guilty last week in US District Court of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and 17 other counts including mail fraud and wire fraud, the US Department of Justice said Tuesday.
Yi-Chi Shih and a co-conspirator defrauded a US company of "sensitive semiconductor chips with military applications," according to the Justice Department.
Shih then transferred the chips to the Chengdu GaStone Technology Company, a Chinese firm building an MMIC manufacturing plant, the DOJ said.
Evidence showed Shih defrauded a "U. S. company out of its proprietary, export-controlled items, including its design services for MMICs," according to the DOJ.
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