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Feds: Ex-Lancaster man smuggled technology out of U.S.

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A former Lancaster man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg on charges he smuggled technology out of the United States for use by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.

The indictment against Shafqat Rana and two Pakistani citizens, Abdul Qadeer Rana and Shahzad Rana, was unsealed Wednesday after it was determined that none of the individuals were in the United States, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

The three men allegedly used a New Holland company, Optima Plus International, and Pakistan-based Afro Asian International to export goods from the United States to Pakistan.

The goods were allegedly shipped through a common carrier in Dauphin County, Smith said.

Shafqat Rana allegedly took orders for items with both a commercial and military or nuclear application and acquired the items in the United States, Smith said.

He then shipped the items to Pakistan, they were resold to the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, an arm of the Pakistani Army, in violation of United States law, according to Smith.


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