Investigation into illegal electronics smuggling ends in arrest of two Russians and a Brooklyn man

Federal agents arrested two Russian nationals and a Brooklyn man with dual citizenship Thursday who are accused of smuggling high-tech electronics overseas in violation of U.S. export law.

Dmitrii Karpenko, Alexey Krutilin and Alexey Barysheff were taken into custody on charges related to what investigators described as an illegal scheme that put national security at risk. They each face up to 25 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted.

Mr. Barysheff, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Russia, masterminded the scheme by using two Brooklyn-based front companies to buy digital-to-analog converters, integrated circuits and other microelectronics that were then shipped to his home country without a license, the Justice Department said.