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U.S. man fined in Saddam Hussein family gun plot

Prosecutors say he was recruited to help find buyers for the smuggled guns

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A man who pleaded guilty to trying to sell firearms believed to have been owned by Saddam Hussein's family has been fined.

Howard Blumenthal, of New Jersey, was fined $5,000 by a federal judge Monday. He had faced up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors say he was recruited to help find buyers for the smuggled guns.

Seven guns with an estimated value of $250,000 to $350,000 were seized in December 2012. Among the firearms were a .357 semi-automatic pistol featuring a gold medallion "QS." That's presumed to indicate the late Iraqi president's son, Qusay.

Other guns included two .357 Magnums, a .32-caliber semi-automatic pistol, two 12-gauge shotguns and a semi-automatic, .45-caliber pistol with gold leaf and gold inlays and bearing the initials "QS."