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$50,000 Fine, Eight Year Prison Sentence for Attempted Military Tech Exports to Iran

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Justice announced Oct. 23 that a dual citizen of Iran and the U.S. has been ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and sentenced to 97 months in prison after pleading guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act by attempting to send to Iran material relating to U.S. military jet engines.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from at least 2009 through late 2013 this man offered to provide trade secret, proprietary and export-controlled defense technology that he had stolen from his U.S. employers to gain employment with state-controlled technical universities in Iran. In or about November 2013 he attempted to send a large shipping container to Iran that included, in numerous boxes and on computer media, thousands of highly sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, test results, technical drawings and data, and other proprietary material relating to U.S. military jet engines. The export or attempted export of such material to Iran is illegal, and the man did not apply nor obtain any export license. DOJ states that according to analyses by the U.S. Air Force and victim defense contractors, the technical data at issue would have helped Iran “leap forward” ten years or more in academic and military turbine engine research and development, potentially enhancing the development and effectiveness of its weapon systems.

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