In March 2009 Joseph Piquet was found guilty of seven counts of export control violations arising from his role in a conspiracy to export high-tech military electronics to Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China. The electronics included high-power amplifiers used in early warning radar and missile target acquisition systems and certain dual-use, low noise amplifiers. According to testimony during his trial, Piquet conspired with others to purchase and export the controlled items by submitting false End Use Certificates to manufacturers to conceal intended end uses and destinations. A US District Court judge in the Southern District of Florida sentenced Piquet to 60 months imprisonment.