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Ex-US Army pilot-turned-defense contractor ‘sold classified aviation technology secrets to China’

A retired US Army helicopter pilot who became a civilian defense contractor pleaded guilty on Thursday to selling classified aviation technology secrets to China for up to $32,000.

Shapour Moinian, 67, of San Diego, admitted in federal court to acting as an agent for the Chinese government and providing President Xi Jinping’s regime secret aviation-related information from his defense-contractor employers.

Moinian also pleaded guilty to making related false statements during national security background checks.

The former US Army helicopter pilot now faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for acting as an agent of a foreign government, and up to five years and a $250,000 for the false statements count. 

Shapour Moinian, 67, of San Diego,…

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