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Arrested: Northern Kentucky Business Owners Accused of Shipping Military Items to China

A Northern Kentucky pair are in federal custody, accused of offenses related to the unauthorized transfer of export controlled items.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations in Louisville announced in a news release Friday afternoon that Louis and Rosemary Brothers of Union were arrested after information from the US State Department indicated that the Brothers' company, Valley Forge Composite Technologies allegedly provided International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) restricted military grade electronic components to China.

After an investigation into the activity, a warrant was issued for the Brothers' arrest.

The FBI worked with the National Counter-Proliferation Center to investigate the serious threats posed by individuals and organizations that attempt to acquire sensitive and proprietary technologies. In a news release, the FBI stated that the proliferation of technology is a threat to our nation's economy and to US national security.

According to reports in the Business Courier, Lou Brothers stepped down as CEO of the company in February 2013 and Valley Forge soon after vacated its offices in Covington's River Center towers. 

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