Prison Sentence for Using Front Company to Illegally Export Technology to Iran
The Department of Justice reports that an Iranian citizen has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for her participation in a conspiracy to facilitate the illegal export of controlled technology from the U.S. to Iran.
According to a DOJ press release, the woman assisted in establishing and operating a Malaysian company that served as a front company for an Iran-based company specializing in broadcast communications, microwave communications, and the production of digital video broadcasting equipment. She falsely represented herself as an employee of this company to unlawfully acquire sensitive export-controlled technology from the U.S. on behalf of the Iranian company, whose principal customer was a broadcasting company owned by the government of Iran. To accomplish these acquisitions the woman and her co-conspirators concealed the ultimate destination and end-users of the exported technology through false statements, unlawful financial transactions, and other means.
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