Chicago man pleads guilty to illegally exporting US technology to Iran

A dual US-Iranian citizen has pleaded guilty in a federal court in Brooklyn of conspiring to illegally export US goods, technologies and services to the government of Iran.

Kambiz Attar Kashani, 44, violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by obtaining these items from US companies without necessary licensing or approval from the US Treasury Department.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and has already agreed to pay a $50,000 fine.

According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Kashan acted at the direction of a department within the Central Bank of Iran, which is under Treasury Department sanctions over its alleged support for terror.

In a statement, the attorney’s office said that between February 2019 and June 2021 Kashani and his co-conspirators used two United Arab Emirates companies to evade US export laws “by procuring electronic goods, technology, and services from US technology companies for end users in Iran including the Government of Iran.”

They acted “without obtaining required licenses or other authorization from the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control,” it said.

The statement did not name Kashani’s accomplices.

Kashan was arrested in Chicago last January.

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