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					Defendant Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Export Military Aircraft Parts to Iran                                                                 25/10/2011 16:00




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                       Defendant Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Export Military
                                       Aircraft Parts to Iran

      WASHINGTON – Traian Bujduveanu has pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Florida to a charge
      of conspiring to illegally export military and dual use aircraft parts to Iran. Bujduveanu appeared on
      behalf of himself and his now defunct corporation, Orion Aviation, in federal court in Miami today to
      announce his guilty plea. Bujduveanu’s co-defendant, Hassan Keshari, and his corporation, Kesh Air
      International, pleaded guilty in January 2009, and are awaiting sentencing.

      The guilty plea was announced by R. Alexander Acosta, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of
      Florida; David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Michael Johnson, Special Agent
      in Charge, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement; Anthony V. Mangione,
      Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Investigations; and
      Amie R. Tanchak, Resident Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Criminal
      Investigative Service.

      Count one of the Indictment, to which Bujduveanu pleaded guilty, charges conspiracy to export and
      cause the export of goods from the U.S. to the Islamic Republic Iran, in violation of the Embargo
      imposed upon that country by the United States and in violation of the International Emergency
      Economic Powers Act, Title 50, United States Code, 1705(a), and to export and cause to be exported
      defense articles, in violation of the Arms Export Control Act, Title 22, United States Code, Section
      2778(b), all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

      At sentencing on the conspiracy count, Traian Bujduveanu faces a maximum statutory term of five
      years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. Sentencing has been scheduled for June 11 at
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      The Indictment alleges that Bujduveanu, a Romanian national and naturalized U.S. citizen, by and
      through his Plantation, Fla., corporation, Orion Aviation, sold aircraft parts to Keshari for purchasers       Locate a Prison, Inmate, or Sex Offender
      in Iran and exported the aircraft parts to Iran by way of freight forwarders in Dubai, United Arab
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      Among the aircraft parts illegally exported to Iran through the conspiracy were parts designed
      exclusively for the F-14 Fighter Jet, the Cobra AH-1 Attack Helicopter, and the CH-53A Military                Report Waste, Fraud, Abuse or
      Helicopter. All of these aircraft are part of the Iranian military fleet, while the F-14 is known to be used   Misconduct to the Inspector General
      exclusively by the Iranian military.
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      Moreover, all of the parts supplied by Bujduveanu as part of the conspiracy are manufactured in the            Find Help and Information for Crime
      U.S., are designed exclusively for military use, and have been designated by the U.S. Department of            Victims
      State as "defense articles" on the U.S. Munitions List, thus requiring registration and licensing with the
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      Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. Neither Bujduveanu nor his co-defendants
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      are registered or had the required licenses to ship defense articles to Iran.
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      According to the Indictment, Bujduveanu received orders by email from Keshari requesting specific
      aircraft parts for buyers in Iran. Bujduveanu then provided quotes, usually by e-mail, to Keshari. After       Find a Form
      the receipt of payment for the parts from Keshari, Bujduveanu then shipped the parts to a company in
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      Dubai through the use of false or misleading shipping document. From Dubai, the parts were then
      shipped on to the purchasers in Iran.                                                                          Contact Us

      Bujduveanu has been in federal custody since his arrest in June 2008 and will remain in custody
      pending his sentencing. Co-defendant Keshari also remains in federal custody awaiting sentencing.

      Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export
      Enforcement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Investigations, and the U.S.
      Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, for their work on this investigation.

      The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Damian. Trial Attorney Ryan Fayhee of

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Defendant Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Export Military Aircraft Parts to Iran                                                               25/10/2011 16:00


      The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Damian. Trial Attorney Ryan Fayhee of
      the Counterespionage Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, is providing
      assistance.

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Description: Jeff Bush, Department of Justice, ICE Agent Sammy Cruzcoriano, Jeffrey H. Sloman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Michael Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Investigations, and Amie R. Tanchak, Resident Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Michael Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Investigations, and Christopher Amato, Special Agent in Charge of the Pentagon's Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Southeast Field Office, R. Alexander Acosta, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Michael Johnson, Special Agentin Charge, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement; Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Investigations; and Amie R. Tanchak, Resident Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Judge Patrick A. White, Judge Patricia A. Seitz, Judge John M. O’Sullivan, Attorney Mark Eiglarsh, Attorney Michael Cohen,C.I.A.,Defende Intelligence Agency,National Intelligence Agency,Department of State,Department of Navy,Interpol,F.B.I., National Security Agency, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Michael Johnson,Traian Bujduveanu,Revolution in Iran