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Air Force colonel gets prison in conspiracy case

PHOENIX — A Venezuelan Air Force colonel has been sentenced to 19 months
in federal prison in Arizona for trying to export military aircraft engines to
his native country.

Prosecutors said Monday that 49-year-old Guiseppe Luciano Menegazzo-Carrasquel
was sentenced by a federal judge in Phoenix for conspiracy to violate the Arms
Export Control Act.

They say Menegazzo-Carrasquel was part of a Venezuelan Air Force team that
negotiated with Mesa, Ariz.-based Marsh Aviation between November 2005 and
February 2008.

They wanted to refurbish 18 T-76 aircraft engines for use by the Venezuelan Air
Force under the guise that the engines were meant for civilian use.

Prosecutors say it’s illegal for the engines to be exported without a license
or written authorization from the U.S. State Department.

Menegazzo-Carrasquel was arrested last September in Houston.


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