Farhad Masoumian

Also Known As: 

Farhad Ma'sumiyan
Farhad Ma'sumian
Farhad Masouiman
Farhad Masumian
Farhad Masumiyan
F. Masoumian

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Related Country: 

  • United Arab Emirates


Tehran, Iran


Charged in an indictment, filed on December 30, 2009 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, along with Jirair Avanessian, with, between June 2005 and January 2010, exporting vacuum pumps and pump-related equipment from the United States to Iran, via Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), without the required authorization, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Iranian Transaction Regulations (ITR); Avanessian allegedly received orders from Masoumian on behalf of companies and individuals in Iran, then purchased and shipped the requested goods and technology to Amirhossein Sairafi at AVAC, a company in Dubai, undervaluing and falsely labeling shipments to avoid scrutiny; Sairafi and Masoumian allegedly then arranged to transship the goods and technology from Dubai to Iran; according to the U.S. Department of Justice, the "vacuum pumps and related equipment at issue have a number of applications, including in the enrichment of uranium"; remained at large as of November 2010; 42 years old as of January 2010.

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Date Entered: 

May 2, 2011

Date Last Modified: 

May 2, 2011