Illegal Exports to Iran Yield Prison Sentence
The Department of Justice reports that an Iranian national has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and one year of supervised release for taking part in a conspiracy involving the purchase and shipment of various products, including aviation parts and aviation supplies, from the U.S. to Iran without a license. The man was also ordered to pay a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $69,159.
According to a DOJ press release, the man acknowledged that beginning in October 2005 Iranian companies requested that he procure products that would otherwise require a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control to be exported to Iran. Members of the conspiracy arranged for the items to be sent from the U.S. to Iran, for which the man received a commission. The Department of Commerce later issued a temporary denial order against the man (under his alias) and a company he owned, but he and other conspirators continued to export and attempt to export numerous materials from the U.S.