A man was arrested Jan. 9 at Newark International Airport in New Jersey and charged with attempting to give blueprints for the F-35 fighter jet to Iran.
Prosecutors say Mozaffar Khazaee, a former Manchester, Conn., resident now living in Indianapolis, attempted to ship “numerous boxes of documents consisting of sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, and other proprietary material for the F-35” to the Iranian city of Hamadan in November, Defense News reported.
Mr. Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who was naturalized in the U.S. 1991, was charged in Connecticut with “transporting, transmitting and transferring in interstate or foreign commerce goods obtained by theft, conversion, or fraud,” according to a federal affidavit. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
The affidavit said the proprietary material was from an unnamed company that Mr. Khazaee had last worked in August, according to Defense News.
Matthew Bates, a spokesman for engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, acknowledged that it is the company referred to as “Company A” in the affidavit, Defense News reported.
“Pratt & Whitney has been cooperating fully with the government on this matter and will continue to do so,” Mr. Bates said. “Because the investigation is ongoing, any additional questions about the investigation are better suited for the government to address at the appropriate time.”