Assa Corporation

Also Known As: 

Assa Corp.
Assa Co. Ltd.


650 (or 500) Fifth Avenue, New York, United States 
Channel Islands

According to the U.S. government, controlled by and acts for or on behalf of Iran's Bank Melli, and wholly owned by Assa Company Limited.

Listed by the European Union on July 26, 2010 as an entity linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; removed from the E.U. list in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on December 17, 2008, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; removed from the SDN list in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Listed by the British government in 2015 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement.

Established (with Assa Company Limited) as shell companies to disguise Bank Melli's 40% ownership interest in the 650 Fifth Avenue Company - owner of the office building at 650 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, founded in 1989 as a partnership between the Mostazafan Foundation (now the Avali Foundation) and Bank Melli; since at least 1990, transferred rental income from 650 Fifth Avenue Company to Bank Melli through Assa Company Limited without the required U.S. government authorization; allegedly held a bank account into which the Fifth Avenue Company deposited approximately $17,083,000 between January 2000 and December 2007; allegedly followed Bank Melli's instructions concerning its business affairs and investment management, and reported its financial situation to Bank Melli regularly; targeted by a civil action filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on December 17, 2008, seeking the forfeiture of all right, title and interest of Assa Corporation, Assa Company Limited and Bank Melli in the 650 Fifth Avenue Company and all funds formerly on deposit at Citibank and JPMorgan Chase Bank under the name of Assa Corporation as proceeds of alleged violations of the U.S. International Emergency Economic Powers Act and as property involved in alleged money laundering and attempted money laundering; on September 17, 2013, district court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the United States and ordered that the property by forfeited; in October 2008, had $1.9 million seized from its Citibank accounts and $1.2 million seized from its JP Morgan accounts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sole employee in the United States, Mohammad Hassan Dehghani Tafti, a naturalized Iranian citizen; U.S. Tax ID No. 1368932.

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Date Entered: 

May 12, 2009

Date Last Modified: 

January 16, 2016