US citizen sentenced to prison for illegally exporting goods to Iran

WASHINGTON, An American citizen was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in prison for exporting gas and oil pipeline parts to Iran for over a decade “in deliberate violation of a US embargo and trade sanctions.” The Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement that Behrooz Behroozian, 64, used an intermediary company “to attempt to cover-up that he was illegally supplying industrial equipment to Iran in violation of the Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).” It indicated that he exported “manifolds, valves and connectors used for industrial pipelines in the gas and oil refinement industry to Iran” via the intermediary company, stressing “this violated embargo and trade sanctions imposed upon Iran by the United States in May 1995.” “As this case demonstrates, the desire for specialized American technology and the willingness to illegally supply it to hostile countries are very real and ever present,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.

For his part, FBI Cincinnati Acting Special Agent in Charge Joseph Deters said that Behroozian “willfully violated export control laws by sending dual-use items to Iran, furthering their military and economic capabilities.” The DOJ noted that in 2006, Behroozian became the owner and operator of a computer parts supplier in Dublin, Ohio, “which had no storefront and made no domestic sales” and that it seldom exported computer parts.

Source: Kuwait News Agency