Background

The Department of Justice reports that an Iranian man has been sentenced to 63 months in prison for his role in a scheme to obtain for Iran parts that had dual-use military and civilian capability. These parts could be used in such systems as nuclear weapons, missile guidance and development, secure tactical radio communications, offensive electronic warfare, military electronic countermeasures (radio jamming), and radar warning and surveillance systems.

The Iranian Transaction Regulations prohibit the exportation, re-exportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, to Iran or the government of Iran of any goods, technology, or services from the U.S. or by a U.S. person. The embargo also prohibits any transaction by any U.S. person or within the U.S. that evades or avoids, or has the purpose of evading or avoiding, any prohibition set forth in the associated executive orders.

According to a DOJ press release, over nearly four years the man’s co-conspirators conducted 599 transactions with 63 different U.S. companies in which they obtained or attempted to obtain parts from U.S. companies without notifying them that the parts were being shipped to Iran or getting the required U.S. government licenses to ship these parts to Iran. The Iranian man attempted to transship equipment used to test the other parts to Iran using two of his companies in the United Arab Emirates. He was convicted on charges of conspiracy to violate the ITR and aiding and abetting the making of false statements.

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