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Bolingbrook man accused of trying to ship thermal imaging camera to Pakistan

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 4:41 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 9, 2014 5:05 p.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – A Bolingbrook man is accused of trying to ship a thermal imaging camera to Pakistan.

Bilal Ahmed, 33, was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of attempting smuggling and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Samborn said Ahmed was arrested on a criminal complaint March 14 and has posted a $100,000 bond.

According to the indictment, Ahmed purchased a FLIR HRC-U camera from a California company for $102,000 in February and had it shipped to Trexim Corp., the company he owns in Schaumburg.

The FLIR website said the thermal camera can "detect a man-sized threat from nearly 12 miles away" and operates through darkness, smoke and dust.

After getting the camera, Ahmed tried to ship the packages to a company in Pakistan and wrote "no license required" on the manifest, according to the indictment.

Exporting an item on the list of goods controlled for national security or regional stability requires a license from the Commerce Department. Ahmed and Trexim Corp. do not have such a license, Samborn said.

Ahmed faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.25 million fine if convicted on both counts.

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