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Man Who Sent Details on Jets to Iran Sentenced to 8 Years

Friday, 23 Oct 2015 11:58 AM

A dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who pleaded guilty to exporting sensitive information about U.S. military jets to his native Iran was sentenced to eight years and one month in federal prison at a hearing on Friday.

Mozaffar Khazaee, who had worked as an engineer at U.S. defense contractor Pratt & Whitney, was arrested in January 2014 as he tried to leave the country with sensitive material about the engines for the U.S. Air Force's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor aircraft in his luggage.

Khazaee had also exchanged e-mails containing information about the programs with Iranian contacts.

U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant sentenced Khazaee to three years of supervised release after his prison sentence ends. The sentence was less than the 10 years prosecutors had sought.

While he pleaded guilty to the charges, Khazaee maintained in court papers that he sent information on the jets as part of a presentation he had prepared while seeking a job with an Iranian university after being laid off by his previous employer, a unit of diversified manufacturer United Technologies Corp., in 2013.

The U.S. Arms Export Control Act limits the export of information related to weapons systems.

Federal prosecutors contended that Khazaee's description of that exchange was inaccurate, saying he had e-mailed information on the jets well before being laid off and that he had told a contact in Iran in an e-mail the information he sent was "very controlled ... I am taking big risk."

Khazaee's lawyers had asked the judge in the case to let the defendant, who is in his mid-60s, off on time served.

"His conduct was less serious than other crimes contemplated by this guideline, and did not threaten or harm the security or foreign policy interest of the United States," his attorneys wrote.

His 85-year-old mother, who spells her name Molok Khazaye, asked in a letter to the court for leniency for her son.

"I have no protector other than (my son) and am depend on him financially and emotionally strongly so," the defendant's mother wrote. "I kindly request you to grant him a pardon due to his mistake."

Khazaee's brother and sister also asked for his release.

Before his time at Pratt & Whitney, which makes jet engines, Khazaee worked at major manufacturers including General Electric Co., according to court papers.

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A dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who pleaded guilty to exporting sensitive information about U.S. military jets to his native Iran was sentenced to eight years and one month in federal prison at a hearing on Friday. Mozaffar Khazaee, who had worked as an engineer at U.S. defense...
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