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Prison Sentence for Illegal Exports to Iran

Thursday, September 05, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Justice reports that a Turkish businessman has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after his conviction of conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions by exporting specialized marine equipment to Iran.

According to a DOJ press release, this man used his Turkey-based company to acquire a range of marine-related equipment that had been manufactured in Wisconsin, including high-powered outboard engines, marine power generators, and power boat propulsion equipment known as surface drives. At least some of this equipment was then used to support the construction and development of a prototype high-speed missile attack boat for the Iranian military or naval forces. The DOJ notes that none of those involved in these transactions obtained permission from the Office of Foreign Assets Control or the Department of Commerce to export this equipment to Iran.

For more information on export sanctions and license requirements, please contact export compliance attorney Kristine Pirnia.

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