Federal Indictment Charges Iranian Businessman with Illegally Exporting Nuclear Non-proliferation Controlled Materials from Illinois

June 21, 2018


U.S. Department of Justice Press Release

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  • Belgium
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States

A newly unsealed federal indictment charges Iranian businessman Saeed Valadbaigi of plotting to send export-controlled items to Iran. In 2011, Valadbaigi schemed to bypass U.S. controls by shipping from Illinois to Iran, via Belgium and Malaysia, U.S.-origin 7075 T6 aluminum tubing--which has missile and aerospace applications and is controlled for nuclear nonproliferation purposes. In addition, in 2009, Valadbaigi exported titanium sheets from Illinois to Iran via Georgia, the United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia using companies in these countries under his control. Valadbaigi also allegedly ordered acrylic sheets from a Connecticut-based company in 2012 and transshipped them to Iran, while claiming Hong Kong as the end destination. A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2016; Valadbaigi remains at large.