Exporter Sentenced for Export of Aircraft Parts to Iran

On June 11, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release announcing the sentencing of Traian Bujduveanu (Bujduveanu) for his participation in conspiracy to illegally export military and dual use aircraft parts to Iran. 

Bujduveanu was sentenced in a U.S. Southern District of Florida Court to 35 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Bujduveanu plead guilty in April, 2009 to conspiracy to export and export of aircraft parts from the U.S. to Iran, in violation of the Iran Embargo, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). 

Bujduveanu, a Romanian national and a naturalized U.S. citizen, admitted that he and his Orion Aviation corporation in Plantation, FL, sold aircraft parts to Hassan Keshari and Kesh Air International, who used a freight forwarder in Dubai, UAE, to forward the parts to Iran.  Some of the parts exported were designed exclusively for fighter jets and military helicopters, and all are used in the Iranian military fleet. 

All parts exported were designated by the U.S. Department of State as defense articles on the U.S. Munitions List, thus requiring export authorization from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls with the Department of State. Neither Bujduveanu nor his co-defendants had such authorization. 

Bujduveanu received from Keshari e-mails detailing specific aircraft part orders for buyers in Iran, and would ship the parts to a company in Dubai using false shipping documents. The parts would then be forwarded to the purchasers in Iran.