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Mesa aviation firm hit with arms export violations

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Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 4:05 pm | Updated: 10:56 am, Sat Oct 30, 2010.

A federal grand jury has indicted the Mesa-based Marsh Aviation Company for selling military aircraft engines to the Venezuelan Air Force. The company exported T-76 military aircraft engines from 2005-08 for use on light armed reconnaissance aircraft that perform counterinsurgency missions, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Arizona office. The engines cannot be exported without a license or authorization from the State Department. Also, the indictment states the company provided assistance to air force members without seeking federal approval.

The indictment alleges Marsh and executive Floyd Stilwell of Phoenix committed conspiracy and a violation of the Arms Export Control Act. A conspiracy conviction would lead to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and a conviction of the arms act charge could lead to 10 years and a $250,000 fine. The investigation included the FBI and Department of Defense.

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