Wed December 5, 2012
Louisville Man Pleads Guilty to Charges Related to Aircraft Exported to Iran
Louisville resident Behzad Karimian (a.k.a. Tony Karimian) pleaded guilty on Monday to charges related to the unlawful export of aircraft parts from the U.S. to Iran.
Karimain and another person exported "and causing the export of services" with the sale of a GE Aircraft Engine Model CF6-50C2, and the procurement of helicopters made by Bell Helicopters, alleged the FBI, citing two indictments. They allegedly didn't have the required authorization from the U.S. treasury department, the FBI said.
"All of the aircraft and aircraft parts involved in this case were intended for civilian use," the FBI press release said.
Karimian and Asefi could face a $500,000 fine and up to 40 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled before Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. on March 4, 2013 in Louisville.