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Eleven Individuals, One Company Charged with Exporting Prohibited Articles to Syria

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Justice reports that 11 individuals and one company have been charged with exporting dual-use goods to the Syrian government’s airline, which is blocked by the Office of Foreign Assets Control for transporting weapons and ammunition to Syria in conjunction with Hizballah, a terrorist organization, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

According to a DOJ press release, one of the individuals ran an overseas office of a U.S. export company that shipped and exported various aircraft parts and equipment to Syrian Arab Airlines. The company’s export compliance officer and auditor is alleged to have facilitated these exports by submitting false and misleading electronic export information to federal agencies. These defendants and at least one other are charged with closely supervising and encouraging subordinate employees in the willful misconduct.

The press release states that the defendants are charged with conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and defraud the U.S. government, violating the Syrian embargo, smuggling goods from the U.S., submitting false or misleading export information, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and false statements. 

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