A Chinese citizen who conspired with family members to steal U.S. military technology for the People's Republic of China was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Monday, the maximum he could have received.
The probation report recommended a prison term of 6 1/2 years for Tai Mak, but U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney said a longer sentence was appropriate because the technical information he attempted to export, although unclassified, was sensitive nonetheless.
Mak, 58, who was an Alhambra resident, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to violate export-control laws. Prosecutors said he was carrying a disk encrypted with information about U.S. naval technology when he and his wife attempted to board a flight to China at Los Angeles International Airport in 2005.
Mak's wife and son pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the violation of export-control laws. His wife was sentenced to three years' probation and his son to 11 months in custody, which he had served awaiting trial. Both are Chinese citizens and are in custody awaiting deportation.