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Federal authorities in Detroit accuse 3 men of exporting U.S. goods to Iran

DETROIT – Federal prosecutors in Detroit have charged three men with a slew of crimes after they allegedly schemed to export United States goods to Iran.

All three men are accused of conspiring to export nine electrical discharge boards, one CPU board, two servo motors, and two railroad crankshafts from the United States to Iran in violation of economic sanctions under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR).

Those charged include:

  • Arash Yousefi Jam, also known as Arash Yousefijam, 32, an Iranian national living in Ontario who was arrested by U.S. authorities on Dec. 23, 2020;
  • Amin Yousefi Jam, also known as Amin Yousefijam, 33, an Iranian national living in Ontario
  • Abdollah Momeni Roustani, also known as Abdollah Momeni, Ab Momeni, and Amir Amiri, 44, an Iranian national believed to be living in Iran.

“Since 1979, in order to protect the freedom and security of the American people, the United States has made it illegal to export goods to Iran,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider for the Eastern District of Michigan.

“The deeply disturbing allegations in this case are that the defendants conspired to export highly sophisticated American manufacturing equipment and other American-made items into the arms of the Iranians. We will follow every single lead in this case as we pursue justice against the defendants, and we will continue to help American businesses protect themselves from criminal schemes like this.”

According to the indictment, the crimes occurred between January 2015 and February of 2017.

The indictment further alleges that as part of the conspiracy, the defendants and their coconspirators planned and acted outside of the United States — in Iran and Canada, among other places — to purchase goods inside the United States to send to Iran.

It also alleges that the group used third parties to arrange for payment and transportation of the goods and that they intentionally concealed from U.S. companies the identities of the end users of the goods by providing false and misleading information.

Finally, the indictment alleges that the defendants caused the goods to be exported from the United States to individuals and entities located in Iran through the United Arab Emirates, without obtaining the necessary licenses, in violation of U.S. law.

If convicted, the defendants face a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on the export and smuggling violations, and twenty years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine on the money laundering violation.

“The defendants deceived U.S. companies, illegally obtained sensitive U.S. items, and transshipped those items through the UAE to Iran in violation of U.S. law,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.

“Such actions dilute the effectiveness of sanctions against Iran. The Justice Department is committed to vigorously enforcing U.S. sanctions and to successfully countering the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activity.”

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hank Moon from the Eastern District of Michigan and Trial Attorney Adam Barry from the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the National Security Division.

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