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Guilty Plea in Embargo Violation

October 24, 1998

MIAMI (AP) _ An aircraft broker pleaded guilty Friday to trying to ship airplane parts to Serbia during a U.S. embargo.

Fred Van Acker, 39, pleaded guilty on one count in a plea agreement before U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks, and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced.

He had been charged with 13 counts.

In May and June 1992, then-President George Bush imposed economic sanctions against the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia prohibiting all imports and exports to the area.

Between June 1992 and May 1994, Van Acker tried to ship three Cessna airplanes and various airplane parts to a Yugoslavian company operating out of Belgrade, Serbia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Tein said.

His attorney, John William Thornton Jr., said Van Acker took full responsibility for his actions in violating the embargo.

Van Acker’s company, Bramco Aviation, has since been dissolved.

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