Federal prosecutors have charged an upstate businessman with trading with the enemy, alleging that he sent computer equipment to a North Korean national in Hungary.
A criminal complaint naming Lorand Ernyey was unsealed Thursday even though he was arrested Aug. 20, U.S. Attorney Daniel French said Friday.
Ernyey, 46, of Skaneateles, was advised by federal authorities on Aug. 19 that it was illegal to trade with North Korea or North Korean nationals, the criminal complaint charged. The next day, Ernyey directed that two shipments of computer accessories be sent by air freight to the North Korean national in Budapest, Hungary, the complaint said.
Ernyey was placed on electronic home confinement after a detention hearing.
If convicted, Ernyey could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.