Australian man indicted in plot to export techology to Iran from the U.S.
An Australian and his company were charged with conspiring to export sensitive military and other technology to Iran from the U.S., the Justice Department said, Bloomberg reported.
David Levick, 50, and ICM Components Inc., located in Thorleigh, Australia, were accused today in an indictment filed in federal court in Washington of conspiring to defraud the U.S. and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Arms Export Control Act, the government said in a statement. The technology is used in missiles, drones, torpedoes and helicopters, according to the statement.
Levick, general manager of ICM Components, hasn't been detained and is believed to be in Australia, according to the government. If convicted, he faces as many as five years in prison for the conspiracy count and 20 years for each of four Economic Powers Act violations, prosecutors said.
Levick and ICM solicited purchase orders from a trading company in Iran from 2007 to 2009, according to the statement. They then placed the orders on behalf of a representative for the trading company for goods and services that couldn't be purchased directly from the U.S. without government permission, the Justice Department said.