Oregon man sentenced in arms export case

  • Sat Jul 14th, 2012 3:04pm
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Associated Press

SEATTLE — An Oregon man has been sentenced to 10 months of prison for attempting to illegally export military-grade rifle scopes.

According to prosecutors, an investigator learned that 28-year-old Geoffrey Roose of Corvallis had sold export-restricted rifle scopes overseas without a required export license. When the investigator sent Roose an email advising him that the scopes were restricted for export, the agent received a reply that said only, “Thanks.”

Roose continued to offer the items on eBay. When an agent working undercover purchased one and asked that it be shipped to Europe, prosecutors say Roose shipped it.

Roose pleaded guilty in March and was sentenced Friday by a federal judge in Seattle.

U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said the laws on exporting military equipment are designed to protect U.S. servicemen.