Man gets prison term for eBay sale of night-vision goggles

Intended overseas sale of goggles without license a violation of arms export law

July 11, 2013|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A Florida man who sold military-style night-vision goggles without a license to an undercover agent in Baltimore — believing him to be an overseas buyer — was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of probation late Wednesday, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Anthony J. Torresi, of Coral Gables, had posted the goggles on eBay, and sold them to an undercover U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Baltimore in 2011, prosecutors in U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein's office said.

Torresi, 34, labeled the package containing the goggles, which he mailed to New Zealand, as containing a $70 "Rangefinder," though he had sold the goggles to the agent for more than $7,000, prosecutors said.

He did not have a license to sell such items, as is required under the federal Arms Export Control Act.

Torresi pleaded guilty to unlawfully exporting the goggles in February, and faced up to 20 years in prison for the offense, prosecutors said.

On Wednesday, he was given 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised probation.

In a statement, William Winter, the special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations out of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Baltimore, said one of the office's top priorities is "preventing U.S. military products and sensitive technology from falling into the hands of those who might seek to harm America or its interests."

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