This morning, the U.S. Attorney's office in Macon announced that 7 people and five companies have been indicted in connection with exporting material for fighter jets and attack helicopters to Iran.
A company called The Parts Guy LLC maintained a warehouse at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon and supplied the parts, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. The president of the company, Michael Edward Todd was arrested last year in Atlanta and pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act.
He was charged for working to export parts for the Bell AH-1 attack helicopter, the UH-1 Huey attack helicopter, and F-5 and F-4 fighter jets without required export licenses.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Todd conspired with people and companies in Illinois, France, Dubai, the UAE, and Iran to export the parts. Ultimately, the parts were exported to Iran through a company called Aerotechnic, based in France.
The charge of conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, while violating the AECA carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
This scheme reaches around the globe. Here's a breakdown of who's indicted, in custody, and where they are based.
Michael Edward Todd-·(U.S National)
Arrested, Pleaded guilty, Not yet sentenced
|Hamid Seifi- also known as Hank Seifi, President of Galaxy Aviation Services (Iranian-born U.S. National)||St. Charles, Illinois||Sentenced to 56 months in prison|
|Philippe Sanchez- President of Aerotechnic (French National)||Pinsaguel, France||Fugitive|
|Luc Teuly- Sales Manage of Aerotechnic (French National)||Pinsaguel, France||Fugitive|
|Syed Amir Ahmed Najfi- Purchaser for Aletra (Iranian National)||Dubai, UAE||Fugitive|
|Hassan Seifi- President of Sabanican Company (Iranian National)||Tehran, Iran||Fugitive|
|Reza Seifi- Managing Director of Sabanican Company (Iranian National)||Tehran, Iran||Fugitive|
|The Parts Guy LLC||Macon|
|Galaxy Aviation Services||St. Charles, Illinois|
|Aletra Trading Company||Dubai, UAE|
|Sabanican Company||Tehran, Iran|
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