The accused man, Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S. and Iranian
citizen, was arrested on January 9 at Newark Liberty International
Airport in New Jersey, after he flew from Indianapolis to Newark,
with Tehran as his final destination, prosecutors said.
Khazaee, who moved recently from Connecticut to Indianapolis, was
charged with two counts of transporting, transmitting and
transferring in interstate commerce goods obtained by theft,
conversion or fraud, according to the indictment. He faces a maximum
penalty of 20 years in prison.
Federal agents began investigating Khazaee, 59, in November when
officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspected a
shipment of boxes he sent by truck from Connecticut to a freight
forwarding company in Long Beach, California, prosecutors said.
The shipment, listed as containing household goods, actually held
boxes of documents with sensitive technical manuals, specification
sheets and other material relating to the F-35 program, and it was
intended for shipment to Iran, prosecutors said.
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Khazaee has been detained in New Jersey pending his transportation
to Connecticut to face charges. He has not yet been arraigned in the
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles;
editing by Cynthia
Johnston and David Gregorio)
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