A tearful Encino man who was once a multimillionaire architect to the Shah of Iran was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Monday for conspiring to illegally export $4 million in military radios and spare parts from the United States to the Khomeini-led government of Iran.
U.S. District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler also ordered Khosrow Shakib, 43, to pay a $10,000 fine and to undergo counseling for severe depression.
Shakib interrupted his trial after less than an hour of testimony on July 23 and the next day pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring in 1983 and 1984 to smuggle 2,000 portable radios and components, marked as telephone equipment, into Iran.
The Iranian expatriate said he knew it was against U.S. law to export AN-PRC-77 radios, usually made for the U.S. Army, without a license. Shakib admitted acting as a middleman between Hormoz Hezar, 51, of Beverly Hills, and Steven Sanett, an electronics parts supplier.