Dual citizens plead guilty to illegally transporting U.S. technology to Iran


Iranian-American dual nationals pleaded guilty to attempting to illegally export US goods, technology and services to the Islamic Republic on June 28, officials said.

According to court documents, Kambiz Attar Kashani violates the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by transporting goods and techniques to Iran without legal permission from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Finance. did.

A 44-year-old man and his conspirators use two companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to “procure electronics, technology and services from U.S. technology companies for Iran’s end users, including the government. By doing so, we circumvented US export laws, in Iran, “the prosecutor insisted.

“Technologies illegally transferred from the United States to Iran can be used by terrorists, so the FBI and its partners are spending significant resources on these investigations,” said the FBI’s counterintelligence assistant director. One Alan Caller Jr. said in January. statement It announced the arrest of Kashani.

The Justice Department said on Tuesday that Kashani, who was arrested in Chicago, is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and has already agreed to pay a $ 50,000 fine in addition to confiscation.

Prosecutors allege that Kashani acted under the command of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). It is classified by the OFAC as a Specially Designated National and indicates that banks are acting on behalf of or on behalf of known terrorist organizations.

Matthew G. Olsen, deputy lawyer for the Department of Justice’s National Security Department, said Kashani “repeatedly lied” to many American companies to “hide the intention to ship goods to Iran.” rice field. And other Iranian entities.

Joseph R. Bonaboranta, Special Agent, FBI’s Boston Field Office, Said Authorities have said that Kashani “strengthens the economy, one of the world’s most notorious state sponsors of terrorism,” while at the same time avoiding important legislation designed to protect US security interests. I believe I made a profit.

According to the U.S. government, the CBI supports the Lebanese-based Shiite terrorist group “Lebanon Hezbollah” and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force by providing financial, material, or technical assistance. Sponsoring.

DOJ said Kashani and his conspirators procured electronic products and technologies from a number of US companies, including those in Brooklyn and Massachusetts, between February 2019 and June 2021.

“Kashani and his conspirators mistakenly claimed that the UAE front company would be the ultimate end user and deliberately concealed it from US companies that they intend to ship goods to Iran,” the prosecutor said. Said.

The DOJ did not appoint Kashani’s accomplice.

from NTD News

Lorenz Duchan