The allegations center on former Palo Verde engineer Mohammad Alavi, 49, who is accused in a recently unsealed federal affidavit of traveling to Tehran last year and downloading, from a Maryland-based Palo Verde vendor, software that contained details of the plant. Those included information about control rooms, reactors and design. The software was used to simulate situations for training.
Alavi is an Iranian native who has lived in the United States as a naturalized citizen since 1976. He was arrested earlier this month in Los Angeles upon returning from Iran and is being held without bail.