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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 8:10am

Iran Supplier Gets Three Years

Updated: 3 years ago.
Todd pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to illegally export fighter jet and attack helicopter parts from the U.S. to Iran. (Photo Courtesy of Publik15)

An American supplier was sentenced to more than three years in prison for shipping fighter jet and attack helicopter parts to help repair Iran's aging aircraft fleet.

Michael Todd of Macon also was sentenced Wednesday to pay more than $100,000 in restitution.

Todd apologized to the court and said he didn't intend to threaten national security with his actions. But prosecutors said his decision put America's military at risk, and a federal judge said he agreed.

Todd pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to illegally export fighter jet and attack helicopter parts from the U.S. to Iran. A second man, Hamid Seifi of Chicago, was already sentenced to more than four years in prison for his role.

The indictment puts the Macon supplier at the nexus of the plot to export military parts for the Bell AH-1 attack helicopter, the UH-1 Huey attack helicopter and fighter jets to Iranian military officials through other suppliers in Europe and the Middle East.

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