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Man Gets 18 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Violate Iran Trade Embargo

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced recently that a Georgia man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to send water-jet cutting machines to Iran in violation of the U.S. trade embargo against that country. These machines are used for the precision cutting of materials such as aluminum, glass, granite and steel. According to an ICE press release, evidence shows that the man concealed the true destination of the machines by causing them to be transshipped to Iran via his company in the United Arab Emirates.

The Iran embargo “is not limited to those who specifically seek to supply the country with military items or with items for use in its nuclear weapon proliferation program,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Rather, businesses and individuals who engage in commercial transactions with businesses and individuals in [Iran] are cautioned that they are still subject to prosecution under existing sanctions.”

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