BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors say a former defense contractor engineer has been indicted on charges of stealing proprietary information about the Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program and military jet engines that he tried to ship to Iran.
Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly announced Tuesday that 59-year-old Mozaffar Khazawee, a former Manchester resident now living in Indianapolis, allegedly stole the material from companies where he had worked. Prosecutors said customs inspectors found sensitive technical manuals and other documents in a November shipment to Iran Khazaee described as household goods.
Khazawee was arrested earlier this month at Newark, N.J., Liberty International Airport en route to Tehran on a criminal complaint. A grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging him with two counts of transporting stolen goods.
Khazaee was detained for transfer to Connecticut. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.
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