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US-Iranian man convicted of illegal tech exports

A US citizen has pleaded guilty to sending high-tech goods and services to Iran without the proper licenses, and is said to have done so at the behest of an organization with links to terrorism.

Kambiz Attar Kashani, 44, of dual Iranian and American nationality, dodged US export laws to send electronic goods and services abroad with his accomplices between 2019 and 2021, said the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Kashani volunteered to pay the $50,000 fine and forfeit profits from the illicit venture, but still faces up to 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge in New York will determine his exact sentence after reviewing statutory guidelines.

Kashani acted under orders from the Central Bank of Iran, named by the US Treasury’s foreign assets control department as “having materially assisted, sponsored or provided financial, material or technological support to known terrorist organizations,” according to the DoJ.

The recipients of the illegally traded goods and services were both private citizens and government clients in Iran, it added.

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