Man Receives One-Year Sentence In Munitions Sales
JO ASTRID GLADING
Jul. 17, 1988
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ A mechanical engineer has been sentenced to a year in prison for illegally exporting jet-fighter and missile parts.
Jacobo Farber, 51, of Cherry Hill, also was fined $30,000 and placed on three years' probation Friday by U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson.
Farber had pleaded guilty to failing to register his arms company with the State Department and obtain a license to sell sophisticated but unclassified parts abroad while president of Forway Industries of Woodbury.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Frey said the shipments included parts for the F-4 and F-5 fighters and blast deflectors for the Nike Hercules missile.
The items were shipped to England, Thailand and Japan and possibly elsewhere, but were untraceable because they were not registered, Frey said.
''The government doesn't know what happened to these parts, we just don't know. What we do know is what countries the parts were shipped to, then the trail goes absolutely cold,'' he told the judge. ''We're not saying they were sent to another country, a hostile country or a friendly country. We just don't know.''
Forway and its current president are under federal indictment in California on charges of conspiring to export radar equipment to Iran and violating arms- export law.
The company has pleaded guilty in New Jersey to violating registration and licensing regulations by shipping 40mm gun parts to Thailand.
Farber, who sold his interest in Forway in 1986, told the judge he failed to file the required paperwork and falsified the contents of the shipments because he was running a small company and trying to cut costs.
Defense attorney Gregory MaGarity called the offense a ''technical error.''
''In the scale of the gravity of the offense, this is not a greed motive, not a behind-the-government's-back motive to sell something to Russia,'' he siad.