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MSNBC 7 Nov 2019

Company Faces Fraud Charge For Selling Surveillance Equipment Made In China

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A company in Long Island, New York is facing charges for selling surveillance equipment to customers and the government that were marketed as being made in the U.S. but were actually manufactured in China. NBC News' Pete Williams has details. Aired on 11/07/19.


Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit has obtained exclusive video revealing a huge backlog of goods at China's biggest export hub that is slowing the supply of medical equipment urgently needed to protect hundreds of thousands of health workers as they fight the global coronavirus pandemic.

One video filmed on April 19 shows long queues of lorries loaded with cargo at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China's busiest freight hub, waiting to unload at customs. Other videos reveal chaotic scenes at airport facilities with hundreds of boxes, including medical supplies, piling up in warehouses.

China produces nearly half the world's supply of protective medical equipment with America and Europe two of its biggest
customers.


An experienced international logistics expert, who has spent months trying to buy and export medical masks, respirators and protective clothing (PPE) for various governments, described the situation as "carnage".

Speaking anonymously for fear of repercussions for his Chinese staff, the Western shipping agent told Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit: "The degree of bureaucracy that we've encountered in almost every area has been horrendous.

"We've been able to source high-quality PPE. The challenge is getting it out of China and getting it into the country where it's required," the source added.
Honey Taljieh, Communications Manager, FIFA; and former Palestinian Women Soccer player, interview with sport reporter Tabitha Lipkin for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2020.
Honey Thaljieh, Communications Manager, FIFA; and former Palestinian Women Soccer player, interview with sport reporter Tabitha Lipkin for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2020.
CGTN's Mike Walter discusses how the virus is impacting employment for rural workers in China with John Gong.

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>>> WE’RE BACK WITH BREAKING NEWS INVOLVING NATIONAL
NEWS INVOLVING NATIONAL SECURITY.
SECURITY. PETE WILLIAMS IN OUR WASHINGTON
PETE WILLIAMS IN OUR WASHINGTON BUREAU.
BUREAU. WHAT’S THIS ABOUT
WHAT’S THIS ABOUT >> IN ABOUT 45 MINUTES THE U.S.
>> IN ABOUT 45 MINUTES THE U.S. ATTORNEY IN BROOKLYN WILL UNSEAL
ATTORNEY IN BROOKLYN WILL UNSEAL CHARGES AGAINST A COMPANY ON
CHARGES AGAINST A COMPANY ON LONG ISLAND AND THE ALLEGATION
LONG ISLAND AND THE ALLEGATION HERE IS THAT THE COMPANY WAS
HERE IS THAT THE COMPANY WAS SELLING SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT
SELLING SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT TO U.S. CUSTOMERS, INCLUDING THE
TO U.S. CUSTOMERS, INCLUDING THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, AND THE U.S.
U.S. GOVERNMENT, AND THE U.S. MILITARY, CLAIMING THAT THIS
MILITARY, CLAIMING THAT THIS SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT WAS MADE
SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT WAS MADE IN THE USA WHEN, IN FACT,
IN THE USA WHEN, IN FACT, FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY
FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY WILL ACCUSE THE COMPANY THAT
WILL ACCUSE THE COMPANY THAT SEVERAL ITEMS IN THIS INVENTORY
SEVERAL ITEMS IN THIS INVENTORY WERE MADE IN CHINA.
WERE MADE IN CHINA. THE U.S. HAS BEEN SEARCHING THIS
THE U.S. HAS BEEN SEARCHING THIS COMPANY THIS MORNING, CALLED
COMPANY THIS MORNING, CALLED AVENTURA TECHNOLOGIES BASED ON
AVENTURA TECHNOLOGIES BASED ON LONG ISLAND, AND THEY ARE
LONG ISLAND, AND THEY ARE HAULING AWAY EVIDENCE OR
HAULING AWAY EVIDENCE OR POTENTIAL EVIDENCE BY THE
POTENTIAL EVIDENCE BY THE TRUCKLOAD THIS MORNING AND
TRUCKLOAD THIS MORNING AND SEVERAL CURRENT AND FORMER
SEVERAL CURRENT AND FORMER OFFICIALS
OFFICIALS OFFICIALS WE’RE TOLD WILL BE
OFFICIALS WE’RE TOLD WILL BE CHARGED.
CHARGED. SOME WERE ARRESTED THIS MORNING
SOME WERE ARRESTED THIS MORNING AT THE COMPANY’S HEADQUARTERS.
AT THE COMPANY’S HEADQUARTERS. NOW THE QUESTION IS, WHO WERE
NOW THE QUESTION IS, WHO WERE THE CUSTOMERS IN THE U.S.
THE CUSTOMERS IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND DOES THIS RAISE
GOVERNMENT AND DOES THIS RAISE POTENTIAL NATIONAL SECURITY
POTENTIAL NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS IF SURVEILLANCE
CONCERNS IF SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT, THE -- AT LEAST PARTS
EQUIPMENT, THE -- AT LEAST PARTS OF WHICH WERE MADE IN CHINA, ARE
OF WHICH WERE MADE IN CHINA, ARE NOW BEING USED BY THE U.S.
NOW BEING USED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY, WHAT
GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY, WHAT NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS DOES
NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS DOES THAT RAISE?
THAT RAISE? WHAT WE’RE TOLD IS THE COMPANY
WHAT WE’RE TOLD IS THE COMPANY WILL BE CHARGED WITH FRAUD
WILL BE CHARGED WITH FRAUD CLAIMING THIS WAS MADE IN THE
CLAIMING THIS WAS MADE IN THE USA WHEN, IN FACT, COMPONENTS
USA WHEN, IN FACT, COMPONENTS WERE MADE IN CHINA.
WERE MADE IN CHINA. WE’LL BE GETTING MORE DETAILS
WE’LL BE GETTING MORE DETAILS ABOUT THAT IN ABOUT 45 MINUTES
ABOUT THAT IN ABOUT 45 MINUTES AND IN THE MEANTIME THE SEARCH
AND IN THE MEANTIME THE SEARCH GOES ON ON LONG ISLAND WITH
GOES ON ON LONG ISLAND WITH SEVERAL FEDERAL AGENCIES
SEVERAL FEDERAL AGENCIES INVOLVED.
INVOLVED. THE FBI, THE CUSTOMS SERVICE,
THE FBI, THE CUSTOMS SERVICE, THE IRS, THE NAVAL CRIMINAL
THE IRS, THE NAVAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATING SERVICE, SO THIS
INVESTIGATING SERVICE, SO THIS IS A VERY BIG INVESTIGATION
IS A VERY BIG INVESTIGATION THAT’S NOW UNFOLDING BEFORE OUR

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