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Man who sent details on U.S. military jets to Iran to be sentenced


US court convicted an Iranian man of  Illegally sending banned items to Iran
US court convicted an Iranian man of Illegally sending banned items to Iran
HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) Oct 23, 2015- A dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who pleaded guilty to trying to export sensitive information about U.S. military jets to his native Iran could be sentenced to up to 10 years 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 also had exchanged e-mails containing information about the programs with Iranian contacts.
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 prior 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 [a] big risk."
Prior to Pratt & Whitney, which makes jet engines, Khazaee worked at major manufacturers including General Electric Co., according to court papers.