Engineer to be sentenced in Ariz. nuke plant case

Posted: Updated:

PHOENIX (AP) -- An Iranian engineer convicted of transporting software from the nation's largest nuclear power plant to his home country is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Mohammad Reza Alavi faces between 37 and 46 months in prison as part of a plea deal, although his lawyer is asking that the sentence be six months long.

Alavi, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Iran, worked for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix for 17 years.

His lawyer, David Laufman, says in court documents that Alavi brought training software to Iran because he helped design it and was proud of his work.

He says Alavi is a good family man and a hard worker who only returned to Iran because his wife was unhappy in the U.S.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)