California Business Owner Indicted on Export Charges

September 1, 2018

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Export Practitioner

A federal indictment unsealed on August 27, 2018 charges Johnny Paul Tourino, the owner of California-based Spectra Equipment, Inc., with conspiracy to procure and illicitly ship export-controlled computer servers to Iran. Between January 2014 and July 2017, Tourino arranged for the servers to be transshipped from Australia and New York via Hong Kong to Iran for use by Bank Mellat. In 2017, Tourino falsely asserted to a U.S. company that the end-user was a bank in Africa. He also falsely stated to the U.S. Department of the Treasury that the end-user was in Slovenia. Tourino was arrested in February 2018. His trial is scheduled for March 2019.