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Feds: ex-defense contractor stole jet documents

Associated Press Updated: January 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut federal prosecutors say a former defense contractor engineer has been charged with stealing proprietary information about the Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program and military jet engines that he tried to ship to Iran.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly announced Friday that 59-year-old Mozaffar Khazawee, a former Manchester, Conn., resident now living in Indianapolis, allegedly stole the material from companies where he had worked. Prosecutors said customs inspectors found sensitive technical manuals and other documents in a November shipment to Iran Khazaee described as household goods.

Khazawee was arrested Thursday at Newark, N.J., Liberty International Airport en route to Tehran. He's charged with transporting stolen goods.

Khazaee made an initial court appearance Friday and was detained for transfer to Connecticut. It's not known who's representing him. A public telephone listing for him couldn't be found.

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