Also Known As:
United Arab Emirates
Involved in a conspiracy to illegally export U.S. and Canadian-origin computer numerical control (CNC) machines with nuclear applications to Iran.
Indicted in April 2019, along with Iranian-American dual national Mehdi Hashemi, for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), violating the IEEPA, and related charges; Hashemi pleaded guilty in November 2019 to one count of conspiracy to violate the IEEPA.
From 2015 to 2018, acted as an intermediary between Hashemi and freight forwarders as part of the conspiracy; was allegedly involved in at least four shipments of CNC machines from the United States to the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) for transshipment to Iran without the required authorizations; helped Hashemi find Emirati and Iranian freight forwarders to facilitate the shipments; in 2016 and 2017, advised Hashemi on which shipping lines to use and handled bills of lading and invoices on his behalf; in 2017, helped Hashemi falsify documents indicating the U.A.E as the ultimate destination of the CNC machines, whereas the end user was allegedly an Iran-based manufacturing company where Hashemi was an employee.
Remains at-large as of August 2019.