Indonesian Man Charged With Attempting to Export Arms and Lying to FBI

MADISON, Wis., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An Indonesian citizen was indicted today for conspiracy to export from the United States to Indonesia defense articles without having obtained from the U.S. State Department the required license or written authorization for such export, U.S. Attorney Erik C. Peterson for the Western District of Wisconsin announced today.

Doli Syarief Pulungan, age unknown, is charged with conspiracy to export 100 Leupold Mark 5 CQ-T Riflescopes for M-16 rifles. The indictment alleges that on July 31, 2007, Pulungan e-mailed an individual and instructed him to order 100 Leupold Mark 4 CQ/T Riflescopes, to have the scopes shipped to the individual’s home in the Western District of Wisconsin until they could be shipped overseas, and to not tell the company that the items were going to Indonesia.

The indictment further alleges that on Sept. 26, 2007, Pulungan contacted another individual in the Western District of Wisconsin and asked this individual to obtain the scopes for shipment to Saudi Arabia, and then onto Indonesia.

The second count of the indictment charges Pulungan with making a false statement to the FBI on Sept. 27, 2007.

Pulungan was earlier charged with the false statement count in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison on Sept. 28, 2007. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment at 2:00 p.m. today.

If convicted, Pulungan faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on the exporting defense articles count, and five years on the false statement count. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the FBI, with the assistance of the U.S. State Department. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith P. Duchemin.

The indictment is an allegation only, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial or by guilty plea.