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News: Nuclear Program

Man sentenced to jail for evading U.S. sanctions on Iran’s regime

the U.S. Department of Justice sentenced Behrooz Behroozian, a 64-year-old resident of Ohio to 20 months in prison for violating U.S sanctions by sending industrial and oil technology to Iran’s regime
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The United States’ “maximum pressure” campaign continues against Iran’s regime for its non-compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers and its malign activities.

In the latest of a series of sanctions against those to try to evade sanctions on Iran’s regime, the U.S. Department of Justice sentenced Behrooz Behroozian, a 64-year-old resident of Ohio to 20 months in prison for violating U.S sanctions by sending industrial and oil technology to Iran’s regime. 

 

The Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, said in a statement, “For years, this defendant deliberately sought to defeat and evade the Iranian sanctions for personal gain while supplying critical equipment to the Iranian industrial complex. As this case demonstrates, the desire for specialized American technology and the willingness to illegally supply it to hostile countries are very real and ever-present. 

“The Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners remain committed to identifying, disrupting, and prosecuting this kind of criminal conduct", Demers added. 

The Justice Department revealed details showing that Behroozian used an intermediary company, Sumar Industrial Equipment in the United Arab Emirates, to cover-up his illegal activities in circumventing sanctions. He had set up a computer parts company in Ohio, which had no domestic sales but was shipping manifolds, valves, and connectors used for industrial pipelines for gas and refinement industries to Iran via Sumar. 

According to the Justice Department, he was making around $40,000 a year. 

 Since the sanctions started, the Iranian regime has used its network abroad to circumvent and violate sanctions 

On September 24, a U.S. judge sentenced another Iranian regime’s smuggler, previously arrested in Australia, for conspiring to facilitate the illegal export of technology to Iran.  

Demers and U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald for the District of Minnesota announced the sentencing of Negar Ghodskani, 40, to 27 months in prison for facilitating the illegal export of controlled technology from the United States to Iran. 

Ghodskani, based in Tehran, flouted US sanctions on Iran’s regime via purchasing US electronics components and products for her company from 2008 until 2011. In 2009 Ghodskani moved to Malaysia to work and falsely represented herself as an employee at Green Wave, while operating a front company for Fanavar Moj Khavar (Fana Moj), an Iran-based company that specializes in both broadcast communications, microwave communications as well as in the production of digital video broadcasting equipment, and continued to thwart unlawfully international sanctions by sourcing sensitive items needed by her employer. 

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