Canadian Arrested on Indictment Alleging Illegal Export of Petroleum Equipment to Iran

March 15, 2018

Publication: 

U.S. Department of Justice

Related Country: 

  • Canada
  • Iran
  • United States

Canadian citizen Mehran Ghanouni was arrested in Seattle, Washington, following an indictment charging him with violating U.S. export laws and making false statements to federal investigators. The indictment alleges that between 2014 and 2016, Ghanouni and his co-conspirators attempted to export $2.3 million in parts for petrochemical equipment on 35 different occasions to Iranian-state owned oil companies. According to the indictment, Ghanouni’s company, Integrated Control Systems (ICS), falsely claimed the goods were destined for companies in Iraq, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.