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An Iranian citizen and alleged procurement agent exclusively for the government of Iran; arrested in October 2007 in the Republic of Georgia and extradited to the United States in January 2008; on May 19, 2008, pled guilty pursuant to U.S. federal indictments charging multiple violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, smuggling, conspiracy, and money laundering.
Between 2005 and 2007, allegedly negotiated the purchase and illegal export to Iran of QRS-11 Gyro Chip Sensors, MAPCGM0003 Phase Shifters, and a Digital Air Data Computer (DADC-107); the QRS-11s can be used in numerous advanced aircraft, space, missile, and commercial applications, and the BEI GyroChip Model QRS11 Quartz Rate Sensor, Model No. QRS-11-00300-100, is an article on the United States Munitions List; phase shifters have multiple applications including use in phased array radar for missile guidance and military target acquisition; the DADC-107 is on the United States Munitions list and is used in F-4 fighter aircraft.
Ardebili was allegedly involved in the acquisition of thousands of components for the Iranian government, valued at approximately one million dollars per year and including military aircraft components, night vision devices, Kevlar, communications equipment, and electronics components; allegedly received requirements for components from the Iranian government, then solicited manufacturers and suppliers, the vast majority involving U.S. companies; on December 14, 2009, sentenced to 60 months imprisonment (credited for time served), followed by three years supervised release; reportedly deported back to Iran in 2012.