A Texas businessman who schemed to sell jet fighter parts to Iran was convicted of violating federal arms laws.
Robert Cassidy, 47, of Houston was charged in a scheme to buy F-14 parts and sell them to Iran for its 79 aging fighter jets. He was found guilty Wednesday of conspiring to break the federal Arms Export Control Act.His former boss, New York-based arms merchant Parviz Lavi, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is to be sentenced Oct. 15. Another man also pleaded guilty and a third is a fugitive.
Export of the parts requires a federal license that the U.S. government has not granted since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
Cassidy could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Jan. 8.