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Australian Charged With Planning Illegal Iran Exports

March 1 (Bloomberg) -- An Australian and his company were charged with conspiring to export sensitive military and other technology to Iran from the U.S., the Justice Department said.

David Levick, 50, and ICM Components Inc., located in a suburb of Sydney, Australia, were accused yesterday in an indictment filed in federal court in Washington of conspiring to defraud the U.S. and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Arms Export Control Act, the government said in a statement. The technology is used in missiles, drones, torpedoes and helicopters, according to the statement.

Levick is seeking legal advice after being informed of the indictment “about half an hour ago,” he said in a telephone interview just before noon in Sydney today. If convicted, he faces as long as five years in prison for the conspiracy count and 20 years for each of four Economic Powers Act violations, prosecutors said.

Levick and ICM solicited purchase orders from a trading company in Iran from 2007 to 2009, according to the statement. They then placed the orders on behalf of a representative for the trading company for goods and services that couldn’t be purchased directly from the U.S. without government permission, the Justice Department said.

Levick said he co-owns with his wife the business and described it as a “one-man” operation that supplies semi-conductors. He declined to comment on the allegations and said he was about to telephone his lawyer.

“What I’ve been told is not to speak to anybody,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joel Rosenblatt in San Francisco at jrosenblatt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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