Fla. man pleads to night vision export charge

Posted at 12:29 PM, Feb 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-28 07:33:43-05

BALTIMORE (AP) - Prosecutors say a Florida man illegally exported military night vision equipment he sold online.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore says 34-year-old Anthony J. Torresi of Coral Gables, Fla., pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to violating federal export laws. Torresi faces up to 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a $1 million fine for unlawful export of arms and munitions. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 21.

Prosecutors say Torresi listed night vision goggles and other equipment for sale on eBay, selling the equipment to undercover agents he believed were in New Zealand, but actually were in Baltimore. Prosecutors say he exported the equipment without applying for license to export the items.