Background

The Department of Justice reports that three individuals have been sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and illegally export aviation parts and equipment to Syria in violation of comprehensive U.S. economic sanctions against that country.

Two individuals who closely supervised and encouraged subordinates in the willful exportation of dual-use aircraft parts and equipment to Syrian Arab Airlines without a license were sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release. One of these individuals was also sentenced to a $10,000 fine. Syrian Air had been designated as a specially designated national by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, meaning that U.S. persons and entities were prohibited from doing business with this company without a license, for transporting weapons and ammunition to Syria in conjunction with Hizballah, a terrorist organization, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

A third individual, who as an export compliance officer and auditor facilitated the exports by submitting false and misleading electronic export information to federal agencies, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison followed by two years of supervised release. 

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