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GA man charged with supplying Iranian military

By GREG BLUESTEIN
Associated Press

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Two American suppliers have been charged by federal authorities in Georgia with shipping aircraft parts to Iranian military officials to bolster their aging air fleet.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore says Michael Todd of Macon, Ga., and Hamid Seifi of Chicago have been charged with conspiring to illegally export military components for fighter jets and attack helicopters from the U.S. to Iran.

Seifi, who had previously pleaded guilty, was sentenced on Wednesday to 56 months in prison. Todd has also pleaded guilty but has not been sentenced.

Prosecutors also unveiled an indictment Thursday charging the French company Aerotechnic, its president and 1 of its employees with being involved in the conspiracy. Two defendants based in the UAE and three defendants based in Iran have also been charged. Charges are pending.

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