Individual indicted for trying to ship military documents to Iran 

January 27: The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Commerce Department posted an announcement that an individual resident of Connecticut was indicted with interstate transportation of stolen property, after he attempted to ship to Iran proprietary material relating to military jet engines and the U.S. Air Force’s F35 Joint Strike Fighter program that he had stolen from defense contractors where he had been employed.

The BIS release explains that the individual was arrested earlier this month, and was detained pending his transport to Connecticut to face these charges.

Federal law enforcement agents began investigating this case in November 2013 when officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) inspected a shipment that the individual sent by truck from Connecticut to a freight forwarder located in Long Beach, California, which was intended for shipment from the United States to Iran. The documentation for the shipment, however, indicated that it contained household goods. Upon inspecting the shipment, CBP officers discovered that the content of the shipment primarily contained numerous boxes of documents consisting of sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, and other proprietary material relating to the U.S. Air Force’s F35 Joint Strike Fighter program and military jet engines.

The indictment charges the individual with transporting, transmitting, and transferring in interstate commerce goods obtained by theft, conversion, or fraud. Each charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich

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Andrew Siciliano

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John L. McLoughlin

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Todd R. Smith

(949) 885-5617

Luis A. Abad

(212) 954-3094

Amie Ahanchian

(202) 533-3247

Or your local KPMG Trade & Customs professional.

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