Canadian-Iranian Citizen Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For Conspiring To Violate Iran Sanctions

May 23, 2016

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U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

Related Country: 

  • Canada
  • United Arab Emirates

Ali Reza Parsa, a Canadian-Iranian dual citizen and resident of Canada, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for procuring dual-use electronic components for Iranian companies in violation of U.S. sanctions.  Between 2009 and 2015, Parsa conspired to obtain U.S.-made high-tech electronic components with both commerical and military uses for transshipment to Iran and other countries on behalf of clients of his Iranian procurement company.  Parsa used his Canadian company, Metal PM, to purchase components from U.S. suppliers and then transshipped the goods from Canada or the United Arab Emirates to Iran and other locations, falsifying the identity of the end-users in the transactions.  The goods included cryogenic accelerators, which have applications related to ballistic missile propellants and liquid-fuel rocket engines.