Martin Kao, 48, Clifford Chen, 48, and Lawrence “Kahele” Lum Kee, 52, of Martin Defense Group LLC, formerly known as Navatek LLC, are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and to make conduit and government contractor contributions, and making government contractor contributions to support U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) who ran for reelection in 2020 and won. They pled not guilty on February 23, 2022. Kao also is charged with two counts of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission. The trio are accused of creating a shell company to conceal the source of an illegal contribution of $150,000 to an independent, expenditure-only political action committee, or super PAC, that supported Collins. The alleged shell company, the Society of Young Women Scientists and Engineers LLC, or SYWSE, was incorporated Nov. 26, 2019, with Kao’s spouse as registered agent and manager.