US indicts 4 over bid to export jet engines to Iran

March 23, 2011 23:09


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MIAMI - Four members of the same Colombian family have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Miami on charges of trying to export 22 F-5 fighter jet engines to Iran in a sting operation by US federal agents, US officials said on Wednesday.

Felipe Echeverry and three of his relatives conspired to sell the aircraft engines for $320,000 to a US undercover agent and agreed to help the agent export the engines from Miami to Iran through Panama, according to the allegations in the indictment and a previously filed complaint.

Echeverry was believed to be in Colombia, but the three other family members -- Diego Echeverri, Amparo Echeverri Valdes, and Carlos Alfredo Pantoja-Coral -- were arrested, US officials said. The relatives' names were spelled differently in the indictment.

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