- International Enforcement Actions
- Hong Kong
- United Arab Emirates
On August 14, 2013, Seyed Amin Ghorashi Sarvestani, an Iranian national, was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to export satellite technology and hardware to Iran in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Ghorashi, 46, was the manager and part-owner of two companies based in the United Arab Emirates: Innovative Technology Systems (ITS) and Skylinks FZC. Beginning in 2005, he used these companies to procure American-made electronic equipment used for satellite communications, transshipping the goods through Singapore, Hong Kong, and the UAE in order to obscure their true destination. Among the goods sent to Iran were beacon receivers, tracking controllers, and satellite routers. In addition to his prison sentence, Ghorashi was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine and to forfeit $54,000. Ghorashi was originally arrested on October 3, 2012, and pled guilty on May 8, 2013.
1. “Iranian National Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court to 30 Months In Prison For Conspiring To Export Satellite Technology From The United States To Iran,” Press Release, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, August 15, 2013.
2. Government’s Sentencing Memorandum, United States of America v. Seyed Amin Ghorashi Sarvestani, Case Number 1:13-cr-00214-PGG, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, August 7, 2013.
3. Information – Felony, United States of America v. Seyed Amin Ghorashi Sarvestani, Case Number 1:13-cr-00214-PGG, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, March 20, 2013.