SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM) — A courtroom within the Western District of Texas has sentenced a person pf Iranian descent to greater than 5 years in jail for violating the Worldwide Emergency Financial Powers Act.
Mehrdad Ansari, a resident of the United Arab Emirates and Germany, was sentenced to 63 months in jail, adopted by three years of supervised launch for his position in a scheme to acquire military-sensitive components for Iran.
“This case reaffirms HSI’s resolve and dedication in securing the homeland by concentrating on international actors making an attempt to obtain delicate expertise by exploiting the U.S. export legal guidelines,” stated HSI San Antonio performing Particular Agent in Cost Craig Larrabee.
In coordination along with his co-conspirators, Ansari obtained and tried to acquire components that had twin navy and civilian functionality and could possibly be utilized in such methods as nuclear weapons, missile steerage and growth, safe tactical radio communications, offensive digital warfare, navy digital countermeasures (radio jamming), and radar warning and surveillance methods.
On Could 7, a San Antonio federal jury convicted Ansari on one depend of conspiracy to violate the Iranian Transaction Laws, one depend of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one depend of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Division of the Treasury, and two counts of aiding and abetting the making of false statements.
Proof introduced throughout trial revealed that the 40-year-old tried to transship testing tools obtained from the U.S. by co-defendants, Taiwanese citizen Susan Yip, and Iranian citizen Mehrdad Foomanie, utilizing Ansari’s firms, Gulf Gate Sea Cargo L.L.C., and International Service provider L.L.C., primarily based in Dubai.
From Oct. 9, 2007, to June 15, 2011, Yip and Foomanie obtained or tried to acquire from firms worldwide greater than 105,000 components valued at roughly $2,630,800, involving greater than 1,250 transactions. The defendant’s fundamental position was to get a selected set of components from a Central Texas firm that was key for the Iranian authorities’s testing of all different components.
“The Iranian Commerce Embargo serves an necessary goal within the safety of the USA and our allies,” stated U.S. Legal professional Ashley C. Hoff for the Western District of Texas.
Iranian Transaction Laws prohibit, amongst different issues, the exportation to Iran or the Authorities of Iran, of any items, expertise or companies from the U.S. or by a U.S. particular person.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Safety Investigations, the Protection Felony Investigative Service, the U.S. Commerce Division/Bureau of Business and Safety’s Workplace of Export Enforcement, and the FBI.
In October 2012, Yip was sentenced to 2 years in federal jail. Mehrdad Foomanie stays a fugitive.