A former University of Central Florida Engineering Assistant is facing federal charges for exporting drone technology to China, according to WFTV.

“Prosecutors said Amin Yu, 53, used money from China to buy electronics in central Florida, and then shipped the items back to China. Yu was charged in federal court Wednesday with 18 counts, including acting as an illegal agent for a foreign government,” WFTV reported.


WFTV said that the charges include buying parts that included underwater cables, connectors and sonar from the United States, Canada and Europe and then sending them to China.

The report said Yu worked at UCF August 2008 to February 2014. Her most recent job was as an assistant in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, according to WFTV.

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The federal indictment WTFV received showed Yu had also worked for Harbin Engineering University from 2002 to 2014.

According to documents obtained by WFTV, HEU does research and development for government in China.

Yu also ran a company from her home called IFour International, WFTV reported.

“A UCF spokesperson is looking into why Yu left and how much access she had to government research performed at the university,” WFTV said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.