Plantation Man Pleads Guilty To Shipping Military Aircraft Parts to Iran
Traian Bujduveanu, a Romanian citizen living in Plantation, learned that the hard way, pleading guilty in downtown Miami federal court today of plotting to ship sensitive military parts to Iran, the U.S. Attorney's Office tells Riptide.
Bujduveanu, 53, ran a company called Orion Aviation in Plantation. In 2007, he hooked up with a California man named Hassan Saied Keshari, who had connections in Tehran. Keshari, who plead guilty for his role in the scheme in January, took orders from Iranian officials for parts for the F-14 Fighter Jet, Cobra AH-1 Attack Helicopter and CH-53A Military Helicopter and forwarded them to Bujduveanu.
All those aircraft are used by the Iranian military, the U.S. attorney's office says, and only the Iranians still fly the F-14. After receiving the orders, Bujduveanu shipped them to a holding company in Dubai, which sent them along to Tehran.
Both Bujduveanu and Keshari are awaiting sentencing.