|Thursday, 27 October 2011 00:00|
The U.S. Justice Department announced this week that a Georgia man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for his role in plotting to supply Iran with U.S. military aircraft components. Michael Edward Todd, the former President of a Georgia company called The Parts Guys, was sentenced to forty-six (46) months in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and forfeit $160,362 for his role.
This past summer, a dozen defendants in four countries were charged with allegedly conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by selling military components to Iran.The defendants had set up an elaborate network to evade U.S. sanctions that included businesses located in the United Arab Emirates and France. The components were for use in attack helicopters and fighter jets such as the Bell AH-1 attack helicopter, the UH-1 Huey attack helicopter, and the F-5 and F-4 fighter jets.
According to U.S. Department of Justice officials, the case "demonstrates the importance of keeping America's sensitive military technology from falling into the wrong hands ... [Mr.] Michael Todd is being held accountable for his role in a broad conspiracy to supply Iran with advanced military aircraft technology that is restricted for export from the United States," said Michael J. Moore, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.
Todd was arrested in Atlanta in December 2010. He and his company, The Parts Guys, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges earlier this year. U.S. government press statements detailing the case are available here and here.