Goudarzi Charged for Illegal Exports from the United States to Iran

December 15, 2012

Publication Type: 

  • International Enforcement Actions

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Related Country: 

  • Malaysia


Wisconsin Project Staff

A U.S. district court in New York indicted Iranian citizen Alireza Moazimi Goudarzi on November 15, 2012, for his alleged role in illegally exporting and attempting to export military and civilian aircraft parts from the United States to Iran.  Goudarzi used multiple pseudonyms, such as “Mikel Scofield,” “Mike Brown,” and “Sebastian Wilson,” and a global network of co-conspirators in an effort to circumvent the U.S. embargo.

According to the indictment, between October 2010 and October 24, 2012 Goudarzi sought to buy civilian aircraft parts, as well as rotor blades for an attack helicopter and parts for a J85-21 jet engine that are listed on the U.S. Munitions List of defense articles that cannot be exported from the United States without a license.  In communications with suppliers, he offered to pay more than market value for some of these items because the exports were illegal.

Goudarzi is charged with money laundering, and conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Arms Export Control Act.  He was arrested in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 24, 2012 and is in Malaysian custody.  The United States has submitted an extradition request to Malaysia.


[1] “Iranian National Charged In Manhattan Federal Court With Attempting To Export Military Aircraft Parts,” Press Release, United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, November 15, 2012.

[2] Indictment, United States of America v. Alireza Moazimi Goudarzi, Case Number 1:12-cr-00830-PKC, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, November 14, 2012.

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