Georgia Man Sends Waterjet Cutting Machines to Iran in Violation of U.S. Embargo

February 15, 2014

Publication Type: 

  • International Enforcement Actions

Related Country: 

  • United Arab Emirates


Wisconsin Project Staff

On January 6, 2014, Mark Mason Alexander (also known as Musa Mahmood Ahmed) was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sending waterjet cutting machines to Iran without the required authorization, in violation of the U.S. trade embargo. The machines are used for the precision cutting of materials, including aluminum, glass and steel, and cost between $120,000 and $180,000 each. As CEO and part owner of Hydrajet Technology of Dalton, Georgia, Alexander shipped waterjet cutting machines from the United States to Iran via the United Arab Emirates. The machines were first sent from the United States to Hydrajet Mena, a company established by the partners of Hydrajet Technology to distribute waterjet cutting machines in the Middle East, and then forwarded to the Iranian firms Negin Sanat Sadr (also known as Negin Steel Company) and Parand Machine Company. Alexander conspired with two Iranian businessmen, Ali Shojaei and Karim Babakhani, to sell the machines to customers in Iran. Shojaei is managing director of the trading company Parsiyan Pardis. Babakhani, a representative for Parand Machine, arranged for Hydrajet Mena to install the devices at Negin Steel and Parand Machine Company. Both Babakhani and Shojaei were also indicted but remain at large. Alexander is appealing his sentence.


[1] "Georgia Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Exporting Machines to Iran," The Export Practitioner, Volume 28, Number 2, February 2014.

[2] “Ga. Man Sentenced for Illegal Shipment of Industrial Machines to Iran,” News Release, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, January 8, 2014.

[3] Indictment, United States of America v. Mark Mason Alexander, Case Number 4:11-cr-00036-HLM-WEJ, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, September 11, 2013.