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Los Angeles, California, United States
An Iranian national and naturalized U.S. citizen; arrested in Los Angeles on October 20, 2004; charged with conspiring to export, attempting to export, and successfully exporting a variety of U.S. manufactured goods and technology to Iran without the necessary export licenses, in violation of the U.S. Iranian Transaction Regulations and the U.S. Export Administration Regulations; indicted on February 2, 2005, in conjunction with Hamid Fathaloloomy (a.k.a. Hamid Fath), and Diamond Technology LLC and Akeed Trading Company, both of the United Arab Emirates; co-owner and managing director of Diamond Technology LLC; 50 years old (as of January 2005); reportedly educated as an engineer in the United States.
In February 2000, Farahbakhsh allegedly exported computer related components manufactured by National Instruments of Texas to Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), which is affiliated with the Iranian Defense Ministry and involved in cruise and ballistic missile development; SHIG has been sanctioned repeatedly by the U.S. State Department for its missile proliferation activities; in or about July 2003, allegedly purchased computer related software from CISCO Systems, a U.S. company, and exported it to Sazeman Sanaye Hava Faza (Aerospace Industries Organization, affiliated with the Iranian Defense Ministry; in February 2004, allegedly exported a satellite communications system manufactured by Sea Tel Incorporated of Concord, California to the Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company (IOEC) via Diamond Technology LLC in the United Arab Emirates; IOEC is a company allegedly associated with Iran's Ministry of Petroleum; also helped install the satellite system on the Iranian government-owned oil tanker Abouzar1200 in or about February 2004; the satellite communication system, Model 9797, is controlled for export by the U.S. Department of Commerce; allegedly participated, with Fathaloloomy, in an attempt to export to Iran pressure sensors from Omega Engineering of Stamford, Connecticut; Omega cancelled the order when it discovered that Iran was the ultimate destination; in May 2004, Farahbakhsh and Fathaloloomy allegedly ordered pressure sensors and pressure transducers from Overseas Export Enterprises (OEE), reportedly a sham company set up by federal agents; Farahbakhsh and Fathaloloomy allegedly informed OEE that the items were destined for Iran but Farahbakhsh allegedly submitted a U.S. Shipper's Export Declaration falsely saying that the items were destined for the United Arab Emirates; the pressure sensors and pressure transducers were allegedly shipped from Windsor Locks, Connecticut to Fathaloloomy and Akeed Trading Company in or about July 2004, reportedly by federal agents; reportedly, according to investigators, the equipment can be used on tanks and helicopters; also in July 2004, Farahbakhsh allegedly informed OEE that he wanted to purchase a few hundred thousand temperature gauges for delivery to him in Iran.
Pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful export of United States commodities to Iran from the United States and was sentenced on February 26, 2008, to imprisonment for a total of time served, with two years of supervised release; prohibited from engaging in any export activities for two years as of February 2008.