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The Department of Justice reports that a Canadian national has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for conspiracy to unlawfully export U.S. goods to Iran.

According to a DOJ press release, between 2011 and 2017 the man used front companies in China and co-conspirators in Iran, Turkey, and Portugal to illegally export or attempt to export to Iran’s defense ministry goods and technology that have both military and non-military uses. These items included a thin film measurement system that is essentially a microscopic tape measure for liquid coatings and parts used in cell phones and missiles, an inertial guidance system test table used to test the accuracy of gyroscopes that assist in flying commercial and military airplanes, and thermal imaging cameras that can be used in commercial security systems and military drones.

DOJ states that the conspirators falsified shipping documents and lied to U.S. manufacturers by claiming that the restricted items were being shipped to customers in Turkey and Portugal while knowing that the true destination was Iran.

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