National security breach gets Montco man 3 1/2 year sentence

Posted: January 18, 2013

A Montgomery County businessman was sentenced today to 3-1/2 years in federal prison for exporting classified electronics in violation of a federal embargo and risking national security.

Timothy Gormley, 52, worked for Amplifier Research, a Souderton-based maker of sophisticated microwave amplifiers. In November 2011, the company notified federal authorities that at least 50 unlicensed amplifiers - which are used in military systems for radar jamming and weapons guidance systems - had been shipped to China, India, Russia and other countries, according to prosecutors.

Gormley, of North Wales, pleaded guilty in October to violating five counts of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. He told prosecutors that he had been overwhelmed at work and was "too busy" to obtain the proper licenses.

Following the prison term, Gormley must serve three years of supervised released and pay a $1,000 fine.


Contact Sam Wood at 215-854-2796, @samwoodiii or samwood@phillynews.com.

 

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