Pennsylvania businessman gets probation, firm gets fine for violating Iran export ban

Economic Indicators Associated Press

The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has been sentenced to 12 months on probation under a plea deal for conspiring to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian firm.

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Helmut Oertmann is CEO and owner of Hetran Inc., of Orwigsburg. U.S District Court Judge Yvette Kane sentenced him Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Oertmann falsified paperwork to get around a U.S. trade embargo and deliver a machine to be used in Iran for the production of high-grade steel.

Kane also sentenced his company to the fines already imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce: $837,500 cash, $500,000 of which was suspended.

Charges also were filed against three Iranian nationals and two Iranian firms.