TRENTON, NJ - The owner and general manager of Allied Components LLC, a Sparta company that supplies defense hardware items to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), admitted Wednesday that he e-mailed to India sensitive military technical data and provided faulty aircraft parts to the DoD, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Wednesday.
Robert Luba, 47, of Sparta, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano to an information charging him with one count of making a false claim upon the DoD by providing non-conforming “wing-pins,” manufactured in India, for the F-15 fighter aircraft, when he had contracted to provide a U.S.-made product.
Luba also pleaded guilty to one count of violating 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.
In February 2012, Luba made the bid stating that the product would be manufactured in the U.S. But all of the wing-pins actually came from India.
In June 2012, Luba exported to India a technical drawing for the NSSN Class Submarine, Torpedo Tube, Open Breech Door, Gagging Collar A, Drawing No. 7072856, which was designated as a defense article on the U.S. Munitions List. Luba allegedly never obtained permission or authorization from the State Department to export that information.
Luba is scheduled to be sentenced in February 2014.