Mehdi Hashemi

Also Known As: 

Eddie Hashemi
Seyed Mehdi Hashemi Mosavi

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear


United States

Involved in a conspiracy to illegally export Canadian- and U.S.-origin computer numerical control (CNC) machines with nuclear applications to Iran.

Charged in April 2019 in a 21-count indictment, along with Emirati national Feroz Khan, with conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), violating the IEEPA, smuggling, money laundering, unlawful export information activities, and making false statements; arrested in August 2019; pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the IEEPA in November 2019; sentenced in July 2020 to one year in prison (beginning on October 16, 2020), followed by three years probation.

From June 2015 to April 2018, procured CNC machines from Canada and the United States for transshipment to Iran via the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) without the required authorizations; allegedly procured the machines from suppliers in North Ontario, Canada, and the U.S. states of Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, and Ohio, on behalf of a Tehran-based company where he was employed; used Canadian, Emirati, and U.S. freight forwarders to facilitate the shipments; attempted at least five shipments of CNC machines from the United States to Iran; falsified invoices and packing lists as part of the scheme.

Provided false information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), allegedly including statements provided to a BIS agent during questioning in February 2018  and to CPB officials, which resulted in the detention of two shipments of CNC machines.

Served as the chief executive officer of California-based Earth Best Products, Inc., which was suspended by the California Franchise Tax Board in October 2013 and dissolved in September 2018.

A dual U.S. and Iranian national; born in 1972.

Date Entered: 

December 30, 2020

Date Last Modified: 

December 30, 2020