Contractor denies charges in Iran documents case

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Posted: Feb 19, 2014 4:17 PM

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former defense contractor charged with trying to ship to Iran stolen proprietary information about the Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program and military jet engines has pleaded not guilty in Connecticut.

Mozaffar Khazawee entered the plea Wednesday in Bridgeport to charges of transporting property stolen from companies where he'd worked, including Pratt & Whitney. He used to live in Manchester but now lives in Indianapolis.

Prosecutors say customs inspectors found sensitive technical manuals and other documents in a November shipment to Iran that Khazawee described as household goods.

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Authorities added a count of transporting stolen property this week. They say about $60,000 was seized when he was arrested and is subject to forfeiture if he's convicted.

A message left with his attorney hasn't been returned.