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Conspiring to Export Satellite Technology to Iran Yields Fine, Jail Time

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

An Iranian national was recently sentenced for conspiracy to export satellite technology to Iran, according to a Department of Justice press release. The individual received a $100,000 fine and a $100 special assessment, along with 30 months of incarceration, after pleading guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. In addition, a $54,000 forfeiture judgment was imposed against the defendant.

According to the press release, the defendant conspired to acquire satellite technology and hardware from a supplier based in the United States for shipment to Iran. The defendant was working in the capacity of managing director of two companies based in the United Arab Emirates and concealed the true destination of the goods from the U.S. supplier by first shipping the items to the UAE and subsequently to Iran.

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