Fines: Case of the Computer Smuggler

West German Businessman Richard Mueller has been helping the Soviet Union to obtain modern electronic gear for more than a decade. In 1981 he was placed on a Government list of forbidden high-technology customers. But that did not stop Mueller from buying two brand-new VAX 11-780 minicomputers and other equipment made by Digital Equipment Corp. of Maynard, Mass., between 1981 and 1983. The purchases were made from DEC'S West German subsidiary through a firm Mueller controlled called Deutsche Integrated Time.

U.S. officials assume but cannot prove that the missing VAX computers, which can be used...

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