July 26 (Bloomberg) -- A California man pleaded guilty to trying to export missile components illegally from the U.S. to Iran.
Andro Telemi, 42, today admitted one charge of attempting to export defense articles from the U.S. without a license or approval from the State Department. He faces as much as 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced Oct. 30 in federal court in Chicago.
“Our national security is threatened when anyone attempts to illegally export restricted military components that could fall into the wrong hands,” agent Gary Hartwig of Homeland Security Investigations, a unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement.
Telemi, of Sun Valley, California, is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran. He was contacted by a co-defendant in 2009 to provide assistance in purchasing and exporting to Iran through Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 connector adapters for anti-armor missile systems, according to the statement.
Telemi negotiated the purchase from a company that was controlled by law enforcement authorities, the government said. The price of each adaptor was $9,450.
The co-defendant, Davoud Baniameri, 39, of Woodland Hills, California, pleaded guilty in 2011 and was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.
The case is U.S. v. Baniameri, 09-cr-736, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).
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