American Sentenced In Plot To Supply Iran With US Military Aircraft Parts


A U.S. national was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in prison for illegally supplying Iran with military aircraft components, the Justice Department announced today.

The Department said in a statement that Georgia man, Michael Edward Todd, who is president of The Parts Guys LLC, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, a USD 10,000 fine and was ordered to forfeit USD 160,362 “in connection with his efforts to illegally export military components for fighter jets and attack helicopters from the United States to Iran”.

Todd was arrested in December 2010 in Atlanta. He, along with his company pleaded guilty “to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act”.

According to court documents, Todd conspired with several others “to export components for attack helicopters and fighter jets from the United States to Iran without obtaining the required U.S. export licenses.”

These components included military parts for the Bell AH-1 attack helicopter, the UH-1 Huey attack helicopter, as well as the F-5 and F-4 fighter jets.

Todd is the second individual defendant to plead guilty and be sentenced in this investigation, as co-defendant Hamid “Hank” Seifi, an Iranian-born U.S. national, and his company pleaded guilty in February “to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in connection with illegal exports of military aircraft components to Iran”.

Seifi was sentenced in June to 56 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, a fine of USD 12,500 and forfeiture of USD 153,950.


KUNA is the Kuwait News Agency

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