Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Jersey broker in Iran arms sting sentenced to 46 months

A New Jersey native who tried to sell an F-5 fighter jet and military avionics to undercover Homeland Security agents was sentenced Monday to 46 months in prison.

Marc Knapp, 36, who grew up in North Jersey, was living in Simi Valley, Calif., when he tried to sell the equipment last year to men he believed were brokers for the Iranian Air Force.

U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark called Knapp's crimes "very serious, even egregious." Although agents arrested Knapp before the F-5 deal was completed, the judge noted that he had already sold them flight manuals, gravity suits, radios, and F-14 ejection seats, intending all of it to be sent to Iran.

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