On August 17, 2006, the United States Department
of State announced that it would no longer
authorize the export of defense articles and
services to Venezuela. Additionally, the State
Department revoked all existing licenses and
authorizations to export defense articles and
services to Venezuela. Thus, as of that date, it
became illegal to export defense articles or
services to Venezuela.
The evidence presented at trial showed that
despite knowing about the U.S. embargo of
Venezuela, Dobek conspired with a member of the
VAF to supply the VAF with F-16 canopy seals for
Venezuelan’s fleet of F-16 military jets.
The evidence showed that Dobek exchanged
numerous e-mails with a member of the VAF in
which they discussed obtaining the F-16 canopy
seals and the need to keep their operation
secret. Dobek took other steps to conceal his
illegal activity, including misidentifying the
shipments as “t-molding” on shipping documents.
As a result, Dobek sent shipments of F-16 canopy
seals to a member of the VAF in Venezuela on or
about December 29, 2007 and December 6, 2008.