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Man Admits To Trying To Send Missile Parts To Iran

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CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) – A 38-year-old Iranian man has pleaded guilty in Chicago to federal felony charges, accused of trying to illegally send missile components to Iran.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, Davoud Baniameri is an Iranian citizen who has lived in California. The U.S. Attorney’s office said he tried to buy missile components from an Illinois company and take them to Iran.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports

What Baniameri did not know, federal agents say, was that the company was actually a dummy firm set up by federal agents.

He planned to ship the parts to Iran via the United Arab Emirates, authorities said.

Baniameri also pleaded guilty to arranging for the export of radio test sets from an Illinois company to Iran.

Baniameri, of Woodland Hills, Calif., is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 4. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 for both counts.

He was arrested in September 2009, and two others have also been charged in the plot.

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