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Nadeem Akhtar sentenced for conspiring to send nuclear equipment materials to Pakistan

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland businessman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for conspiring to export to Pakistan materials and equipment that can be used in nuclear reactors and defrauding the United States.

Forty-six-year-old Nadeem Akhtar of Silver Spring, who was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore as tensions remain high with the U.S. ally.

Akhtar, owner of Computer Communications USA of Columbia, was accused of trying to sell $400,000 radiation detectors, calibration devices and other restricted nuclear-related equipment to Pakistan, which is thought to have about 100 nuclear warheads.

The United States has banned exports to government organizations involved in Pakistan's nuclear weapons programs.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says Akhtar misrepresented what items he was selling and to whom they would be sold.

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