Two Charged in Scheme to Illegally Export Night Sighting Equipment, Firearms and Ammo to Ukraine

Stashchyshyn who owns a freight forwarder business shipped the items to an individual in Ukraine in violation of U.S. law and regulations

PARSIPPANY — Two men who allegedly engaged in arms and ammunition sales to an unnamed party in Ukraine were indicted on conspiracy charges Wednesday, February 28, according to federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh.

Prosecutors say Michael Stashchyshyn, 55, of Hanover Township and Michael Cox, 42, of Beverly Hills, Michigan, conspired to export night vision equipment, guns and ammo to Ukraine without a required State Department-issued license.

The items were purchased in the United States by Cox and others, and shipped to Stashchyshyn who owns a freight forwarder business in Parsippany. Stashchyshyn then shipped the items to an individual in Ukraine in violation of U.S. law and regulations. The items shipped are contained on the Federal Munitions List and are controlled by the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regulations. They are illegal to ship without a license from the State Department, which the defendants and their co-conspirators did not have.

Both men face potential fines of up to $250,000, up to five years in prison or both, according to prosecutors.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady from the Western District of Pennsylvania said Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles A. Eberle and Shardul Desai are prosecuting the case.

Prosecutors say U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment.

A google search shows that Michael Stashchyshyn is President at Roxolana International Trade, 2200 Route 10 West, Suite 104.

Editors Note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.