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Woman Sentenced for Exporting US Military Gear to China

An MQ-9 Reaper drone -- a California woman tried sending one to China. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
An MQ-9 Reaper drone -- a California woman tried sending one to China. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

MIAMI -- A California woman has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for illegally exporting U.S. military gear to China including jet fighter engines and a drone aircraft.

Court records show a Miami federal judge imposed the sentence Friday on 45-year-old Wenxia Man of San Diego. A jury convicted her in June of conspiring to export and actually exporting military equipment without the proper license.

Federal prosecutors say evidence in the case showed Man worked with a person in China to export engines used in F-35, F-22 and F-16 fighter jets as well as an MQ-9 Reaper drone aircraft capable of firing Hellfire missiles.

Man allegedly told an undercover Homeland Security Investigations agent she worked with a spy who helped the Chinese military copy items from other countries.

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