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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, Government Conspiracy,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, Revolution in Romania,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,Attorney Robert G. Amsel

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  • 1. Defendant Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Export Military Aircraft Parts to Iran 25/10/2011 16:00 Home » Briefing Room » Justice News Printer Friendly Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 2, 2009 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 Report a Crime 8:30 a.m. Get a Job 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 Apply for a Grant Emirates. Submit a Complaint 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. Find Sales of Seized Property 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 Register, Apply for Permits, or Request Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. Neither Bujduveanu nor his co-defendants Records are registered or had the required licenses to ship defense articles to Iran. Identify Our Most Wanted Fugitives 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 Report and Identify Missing Persons 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 ofhttp://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/April/09-nsd-297.html Page 1 of 2
  • 2. 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. 09-297 National Security Division ABOUT RESOURCES CAREERS Site Map For Employees The Attorney General Forms Legal Careers A to Z Index Office of the Inspector DOJ Agencies Publications Student Opportunities Archive General Budget & Performance Case Highlights Internships Accessibility Government Resources Strategic Plans Legislative Histories FOIA No FEAR Act USA.gov CONTACT BUSINESS & GRANTS BRIEFING ROOM Information Quality Business Opportunities Justice News Privacy Policy Legal Policies & Small & Disadvantaged The Justice Blog Business Videos Disclaimers Grants Photo Libraryhttp://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/April/09-nsd-297.html Page 2 of 2