HARRISBURG, Pa. – The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on a charge he conspired to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian firm.
Documents in the case were unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Harrisburg. The agreement is subject to a judge’s approval.
Helmut Oertmann is CEO and owner of Hetran Inc., of Orwigsburg. Prosecutors say he 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.
Oertmann’s lawyer, Teresa Taylor, says Oertmann is fully co-operating and taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Prosecutors say charges also were filed against an overseas sales representative for Hetran, three Iranian nationals and two Iranian firms.