The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging Iranian national Hossein Hatefi Ardakani and China-based Gary Lam (Lin Jinghe) with crimes related to the procurement of U.S.-manufactured electronics for Iran's drone program. In one instance, in 2015, Ardakani, Lam, and their co-conspirators caused an unwitting French company to purchase analog-to-digital converters from a U.S.-based company. A division of the French company then shipped the goods to Hong Kong, where they were re-exported to Iran. The conspirators also arranged similar transfers using companies in Canada and mainland China. In addition, the Justice Department announced the related seizure of more than $800,000 in property from Nava Hobbies SDN BHD and Arta Wave SDN BHD, both involved in Ardakani and Lam's procurement efforts.