Turkish Banker Sentenced to 32 Months for Conspiring to Violate U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

May 16, 2018


U.S. Department of Justice Press Release

Related Country: 

  • Iran
  • Turkey
  • United States

Turkish citizen Mehmet Hakan Atilla was sentenced to 32 months in prison for conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions by using the U.S. financial system to conduct transactions on behalf of the Iranian government. The transactions involved billions of dollars of restricted oil revenue held by a Turkish bank. Evidence presented at the trial indicated that Atilla used the bank, at which he was Deputy General Manager of International Banking, to provide the Iranian government, Iranian entities, and other specially designated nationals with access to the oil proceeds. Atilla shielded one of the bank’s customers, Reza Zarrab, allowing him to supply currency and gold to the aforementioned parties and to facilitate transactions on their behalf.