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Former U.S. Navy Sailor Is Sentenced for Selling Stolen Equipment to China

Former U.S. Navy Sailor Is Sentenced for Selling Stolen Equipment to China

Her husband is a former member of China’s People’s Liberation Army.

A former U.S. Navy sailor was sentenced to 30 months confinement and a $20,000 fine for conspiring with her husband to illegally exporting special ops gear to China for their own profit.

Former Logistics Specialist 1st Class Ye Sang “Ivy” Wang, 37, was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Command and admitted to using her official position to buy military gear that her husband then sold to online buyers in China, according to the department.

She pleaded guilty in July and received an other-than-honorable discharge from the Navy in September, according to court records.

Her husband, Shaohua “Eric” Wang, 38, ran an online store selling pilfered gear to customers in China, according to court records.

In one instance, those records show that Shaohua Wang sold a ballistic helmet belonging to SEAL Team 5 to a Chinese customer in November 2018, netting him about $2,300 in the process.

As an added bonus…the husband is a former member of China’s People’s Liberation Army.

Ivy Wang, a Chinese national, moved to the U.S. in 2002, attended high school in Los Angeles and attended UC San Diego before enlisting in the Navy at the age of 21 and becoming a U.S. citizen shortly after.

In her plea agreement, Ivy Wang admitted to using her credentials and position in logistics to purchase export-controlled military equipment for his business from 2015 to 2019. Her husband — a former officer in the People’s Liberation Army of China — would then illegally export and store the equipment at a warehouse in China, where he connected with buyers, prosecutors said.

Wang returned from Iraq about seven months after the purported camping equipment package had arrived in Coronado. Law enforcement was already on to her by then. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service had opened an investigation into her based on allegations of suspicious behavior, and a review of her emails revealed the procurement scheme, according to court records.

When questioned, Wang admitted she knew her husband was selling the equipment to China.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that after her husband repeatedly asked her to buy equipment with her military email address, she “grew so annoyed” that she gave him her email password and told him to buy the equipment by posing as her.

Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said, “This defendant used her position of trust to put the Navy and the nation at risk, and the sentence imposed today holds her accountable for her actions.”

Given the escalating tensions with China, its theft of American technology and its threats against Taiwan, the sentence seems….a bit too mild.


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    NGAREADER in reply to henrybowman. | December 26, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Dishonorable discharge.
    Strip citizenship.
    Deport back to China.

    They knew exactly what they were doing. If anything, they knew better than a native born American.

They are all spies. Unlike Americans, Chinese love their country. China. They are here to steal from liberal babies.

That would be espionage punishable by the death penalty if I am not mistaken. Her husband was a foreign national so the highest security clearance she could have would be a SECRET.

    alaskabob in reply to Tsquared. | December 23, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    The 1/6 people are treated worse than true traitors. LGB!

    TargaGTS in reply to Tsquared. | December 23, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    For a lot of different reasons, they hardly ever actually prosecute people for the Espionage Act. In this particular case, they probably would have had a difficult time proving that the equipment was fraudulently obtained for and exported to the Chinese government rather than just Chinese nationals.

    Still, what does piss me off is they didn’t give her a dishonorable discharge, only an ‘other-than-honorable’ discharge. BTW, it’s not impossible to maintain a Top Secret clearance if you marry a foreign national. It is impossible if you marry a foreign national of an antagonist, like China or Russia. But, if you marry a Canadian, Brit or some other close ally, it can be done with a LOT of careful planning and communication with your security officer and clearance adjudicator.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Tsquared. | December 24, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Death seems appropriate.


      When did we stop using firing squads for acts of treason ?

      Seems like there would be a lot less treason if we put a few of these Jackasses up against a wall.

Morning Sunshine | December 23, 2021 at 9:38 pm

I cannot unsee it now. Every time I see a picture of Xi, I see Pooh Bear. I cannot help it. And it is sad, cuz I *like* Pooh Bear.

Give them the Hillary Clinton punishment.

That’ll teach ’em.

Housewarming “gifts”.

Acting against this country’s interest is legal in the fields of law, politics, academics, and the tech industry. Why is that not the case for DOD? Seems those pro American policies are racist

Riddle me this: She pled guilty, and received an other than honorable discharge. Why didn’t she get a dishonorable discharge?

    Arminius in reply to CV60. | December 25, 2021 at 2:46 am

    I don’t know the specifics of the case you are discussing. But I can talk to the difference between an administrative and punitive discharge. A punitive discharge means you’ve been prosecuted. You can get booted through an administrative process which is more like a divorce, although it can be categorized as favorable or unfavorable and will have consequences regarding your VA benefits. A dishonorable discharge is awarded at a court martial. You actually have to go to trial to get a dishonorable or Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD, Big Chicken Dinner).

    Sincerely, Arminius. Who sat on more than one administrative separation board. Where you can get an OTH. But not a BCD.

      Arminius in reply to Arminius. | December 25, 2021 at 3:00 am

      A Dishonorable Discharge is also equivalent to a federal felony conviction.

      God, did I have a weird career or what? On the one hand, I operated the largest ammunition account of any intel command in PACFLEET. On the other, because I could read and speak Japanese I had the Commander, Naval Forces Japan coming to me with questions about contracts. “Well, the plain text of the contract seems to indicate that when the occupying force (us) relinquished ownership of the dry docks in Sasebo to …” blah, blah blah

      And I’m looking at the JAGs wondering, why are you here? I’m not the Admiral’s JAG.

      And, OBTW I need to teach someone how to shoot a pistol.

      Merry Christmas. I mean that. I sometimes wonder how I got this far in life without shooting an assistant producer.

Remember treason can be a matter of dates, in a few years when it’s acknowledged the government is a branch of China this would all be a none issue.