TRENTON, N.J., Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security'sU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued the following news release:
The owner and general manager of Sparta-based Allied Components LLC, a company that supplies defense hardware items to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a false claim to the DOD and for violating the Arms Export Control Act. The guilty plea is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS).
Robert Luba, 47, of Sparta, provided the DOD non-conforming wing-pins for the F-15 fighter aircraft. The wing-pins were supposed to be made in the United States, but were instead manufactured in India. He also violated the Arms Export Control Act for transmitting information about a component of a nuclear-powered submarine to India without the approval of the U.S. Department of State.
According to court documents, Luba was the owner and general manager of Allied Components LLC, which had contracts to supply the DOD with defense hardware items and spare parts. In July 2011, Luba signed a military critical technical data agreement certifying that he acknowledged his responsibilities under applicable U.S. export control laws.
In October 2011, Luba began a business relationship with One Source USA LLC. Luba used One Source USA as a source of defense hardware items and spare parts, which Allied Components would in turn provide to the DOD. Luba's principle contact at One Source USA was Hannah Robert. Luba learned that Robert and One Source USA manufactured their defense hardware items and spare parts at a production facility in India. Luba admitted that he provided these foreign-made defense items to the DOD under contracts in which he had promised to supply American-made products.
On Feb. 7, 2012, Luba submitted a bid to supply American-made wing-pins for use in the F-15 combat aircraft. He was awarded the DOD contract. On April 2, 2012, Luba received an international FedEx delivery of the wing-pins from India at his Sparta residence. Despite knowing that the wing-pins were made in India, Luba shipped these foreign-made wing-pins to the DOD and accepted payment for them.
On Oct. 10, 2012, the DOD contacted Luba with an urgent email to report the wing-pins under this contract, and a second contract with Allied Components, did not meet the hardness requirements of the contract. Luba emailed Robert requesting a certification of the materials used in the manufacture of the wing-pins, as well as inspection records, to provide to the DOD. One Source USA sent Luba material certifications and inspection records for the wing-pins, which listed only a New Jersey address for the company. On Oct. 12, 2012, Luba sent these false and misleading certifications and inspection records to a contracting officer at the DOD.