Woman pleads guilty in illegal export to Pakistan

By NEDRA PICKLER | November 15, 2011 | 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A San Francisco-area woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to ship material for a Pakistani nuclear reactor after initially denying she was involved.

Xun Wang, a 51-year-old former managing director of PPG Paints Trading Co. in Shanghai, admitted her guilt Tuesday before a federal judge in Washington. She also reached a $200,000 settlement with the Commerce Department

PPG Paints Trading also pleaded guilty in December. The company and its parent, Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries Inc., paid nearly $4 million in fines and restitution.

Wang was accused of conspiring to send high-performance epoxy coatings to the Chashma 2 nuclear reactor run by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. She admitted helping send three shipments of the coatings from the United States to Pakistan through China without the required export license.