California man sentenced in Iran jet parts smuggling scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man who wanted to smuggle fighter jet parts to Iran has been sentenced to nearly 3 ½ years in federal prison.

City News Service says Zavik Zargarian of Glendale was sentenced Monday.

Authorities say Zargarian tried to buy aircraft parts used in F-18s and other jets from an undercover Homeland Security agent posing as a parts supplier.

Prosecutors say he and an Iranian citizen wanted to buy more than $3.5 million worth of parts.

Zargarian pleaded guilty last year to violating the U.S. embargo on Iran.

The Iranian citizen, Hanri Terminassian, was charged in the case but remains in Iran.

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