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A Utah man who worked at Hill Air Force Base has been charged with illegally exporting F-16 aircraft parts to Indonesia.
Scott A. Williams, 51, of Huntsville, is charged in U.S. District Court with two counts of unlawful exportation of goods from the United States, false statement in a document, and conversion of property of the United States.
Williams is a former civilian contract employee at Hill Air Force Base where he worked with the Foreign Military Sales Program with specific responsibility for F-16 parts, according to federal prosecutors.
An indictment unsealed last week alleges Williams exported two F-16 Aircraft brake assemblies, knowing it was a violation of federal law to export them.
The indictment also alleges Williams prepared a document falsely authorizing two F-16 brake assemblies to be shipped to Indonesia in violation of federal law.
The indictment further alleges Williams exported several documents, identified in the indictment as U.S. Air Force technical orders for F-16 aircraft. The final count of the indictment alleges Williams converted to his own use, and for the use of another, technical data of F-16 aircraft through the use of an external hard drive containing U.S. Air Force orders. The indictment alleges the items were in Williams' care and possession by virtue of his employment as a program and financial manager at Hill Air Force Base.
Williams, who was arrested on the charges in the indictment on Feb. 19, was arraigned Feb. 23 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dustin Pead.
He entered pleas of not guilty to the four charges. Trial is set for May 2 before U.S. District Court Judge Jill Parrish.
Pead released Williams on conditions that include avoiding contact with individuals considered either alleged victims, potential witnesses and or co-defendants in the case. He also must undergo a mental health evaluation and complete any recommended treatment, as directed by his pretrial release officer.
The potential maximum penalty for each count of unlawful exportation of goods from the United States is 10 years in prison. False statement in a document carries a potential penalty of up to five years. Conversion of government property has a potential penalty of 10 years.
"The U.S. Attorney's Office represents the interests of the United States in the federal court, and we are committed to protecting the assets and technology of the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense," U.S. Attorney John W. Huber said Tuesday.
"Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) takes allegations involving the illegal technical transfer of Department of Defense aircraft technologies very seriously. Prevention, detection, and/or prosecution of such transfers are essential to ensuring our ability to maintain air supremacy against our adversaries. This investigation was the result of hard work and contributions made by the personnel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Homeland Security Investigations, IRS Criminal Investigation, the Air Force Audit Agency, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service," said OSI Special Agent Dave Bolton, OSI Detachment 113.
"The primary goal of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Counter Proliferation Investigations is detecting and disrupting illegal exports before they, or the actors behind them, damage U.S. national security interests," said David A. Thompson, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Denver. "HSI is committed to aggressively investigating these violations to prevent unauthorized countries from procuring anything that could harm the national security interests of the United States and its allies."