Background

The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued an order imposing a $1.5 million penalty against a California company and its wholly-owned United Kingdom subsidiary to settle allegations that they committed violations of the Export Administration Regulations related to the unlicensed export and reexport of controlled U.S.-origin equipment and software to Iran, Syria and Sudan.

BIS alleges that from April 2009 through May 2012 these companies acted with knowledge of a violation of the EAR by selling or servicing U.S.-origin devices and related software to the sanctioned destinations in Syria, Iran and Sudan, including web filters, firewall products, link balancers and server backup software. BIS indicates that the California company received significant mitigation due to its voluntary disclosure of the alleged violations.

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