LI tech company accused of selling Chinese equipment to US military, government

Kimberly Dole
November 07, 2019 - 1:02 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Long Island based tech company was raided by federal agents early Thursday following concerns the firm was selling Chinese-made equipment to the US military while claiming it had been manufactured here.

Aventura Technologies CEO Jack Cabasso and six others were charged with illegally importing and selling cyber-vulnerable Chinese-made security gear to US military and government agencies in what prosecutors called "a 13-year international fraud conspiracy", according the U.S. attorney's office for eastern New York.

According to authorities, Aventura Technologies has sold nearly $88 million of security equipment to US government agencies over the last decade.

The company insists that it manufactures its own products in America, but federal investigation revealed that Aventura does not and "instead, Aventura imports its products from other manufacturers primarily located in China," court records said.

Records stated that the company allegedly added false "Made in the USA" labels to the products.

Significant security concerns were raised by the FBI after hackers could remotely assume control of an Aventura camera installed in a government or military building and obtain sensitive data.

The employees that were arrested are expected to appear in federal court in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon.

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