Fla. man accused of trying to sell Russian military copters

MIAMI (AP) -- Federal officials say a Florida man is charged with illegally trying to broker the sale of Russian military aircraft without a proper State Department license.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say phone conversations and e-mails between Peter Spitz and an informant indicate he was working to sell 10 helicopters for $750,000 each.

The informant was pretending to be acting for officials in Zimbabwe.

An ICE affidavit says Spitz had more than 30 Russian military helicopters and a jet fighter in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic.

The 70-year-old man from Hallandale Beach, Fla., is scheduled to have a bond hearing Friday in Fort Lauderdale. His two attorneys did not respond Tuesday to e-mails seeking comment.

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