Iranian pleads guilty aircraft smuggling

MOBILE, AL (AP) - An Iranian man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Mobile to charges accusing him of attempting to illegally export fighter jet or military aircraft from the United States to Iran.

Federal authorities announced Thursday that Omid Khalili, and a defendant known only as "Masun," were named in a nine-count indictment that included charges of conspiracy, money laundering, smuggling and violations of the Arms Export Control Act.

Federal officials arrested Khalili in March 2010 in Miami.

Masun remains at large.

Authorities said that in November 2009, Khalili and Masun contacted an undercover agent seeking replacement parts for a military aircraft that were sold to Iran by the United States before the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Khalili faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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