A businessman pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy for illegally exporting sensitive military components to India.
Appearing before a federal judge in Washington, Parthasarathy Sudarshan admitted to a scheme to conceal the true destination for electronic parts used in missile guidance systems and jet fighters, and night vision filters used in combat aircraft.
Sudarshan came to the United States and opened an office in Simpsonville, S.C.
He was accused by the government of conspiring to violate U.S. export restrictions by directing at least seven American firms he did business with to send deliveries to Singapore or to the office in South Carolina, where Sudarshan then re-exported the items to India.
According to papers filed in the case, Sudarshan coordinated with and took direction from a co-conspirator who was identified only as an Indian government official in Washington, D.C. The court papers identify five other co-conspirators, all employed by Sudarshan's business.