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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 19, 2014

Correction: Charges Against Indian Citizen Were Dismissed Prior To Unsealing Of Federal Indictment Charging Export License Violation

     The United States Attorney’s Office for Middle District of Pennsylvania announced a correction today in a press release issued on April 23, 2014 concerning an indictment presented by the grand jury in December 2012.

     The indictment was sealed until the filing of a criminal information on April 23, 2014 against Hetran Inc., an engineering and manufacturing plant in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania and its Chief Executive, Helmut Oertmann, relating to the same charges.

     When the indictment was unsealed the press release incorrectly stated that Suniel Malhotra, an Indian citizen, was one of the defendants.  In fact, the charges against Mr. Malhorta were dismissed in 2013 at the request of the government.

     Three Iranian citizens and two Iranian firms are defendant in the indictment.  The charges involve the shipment of industrial equipment to Iran in 2012 in violation of U.S. export license requirements.

Updated April 16, 2015