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3-year sentence in China spy case

October 03, 2008|H.G. Reza

The last member of a ring that sent information about sensitive U.S. military technology to China was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison.

Rebecca Chiu, 65, also agreed to give up her U.S. citizenship. She pleaded guilty in 2007 to acting as an unregistered agent of China.

Chiu's husband, Chi Mak, was convicted of conspiring to export U.S. military technology to China and sentenced to 24 years and five months. Mak's brother, Tai Mak, received 10 years for his part in the plot.

Tai Mak's wife, Fuk Heung Li, and son, Yui "Billy" Mak, 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.

-- H.G. Reza

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