WASHINGTON — An Iranian man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 18 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to purchase and ship various products to Iran, including aviation parts and supplies, without a license.
This sentence resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, also in Boston.
Mansour Moghtaderi Zadeh, 56, an Iranian national, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and one year of supervised release. Zadeh was also ordered to pay a forfeiture money judgment of $69,159.
Zadeh, who had been living in Iran, had previously pleaded guilty on October 27. In his plea agreement he admitted to conspiracy to unlawfully export goods, technology and services to Iran without the required license, and to defraud the U.S. In court documents filed at the time of the plea, Zadeh acknowledged that beginning in October 2005, Iranian companies requested that Zadeh through his company, Barsan, procure products including a fiber optic video transmitter and receiver, and aviation course indicators that would otherwise require a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to be exported to Iran. Members of the conspiracy arranged for the items to be sent from the U.S. to Iran, for which Zadeh received a commission.
In March 2007, Zadeh and co-conspirators attempted to export metal sheets and rods that are used in the aviation manufacturing industry from the U.S. to Iran without the required license from OFAC. Zadeh had arranged for his new corporation, Lavantia, to purchase the items. Zadeh also used an alias in his communications.
In September 2007, the shipment was detained by the U.S. Department of Commerce pending certification of the end user. In October 2007, the Department of Commerce issued a Temporary Denial Order (TDO) against Lavantia and Zadeh, under his alias. The TDO prohibited Lavantia and Zadeh from participating in any way in exporting commodities from the U.S. Notwithstanding the TDO, Zadeh and other conspirators exported and attempted to export numerous materials from the U.S., including resin, sealant, paint, pneumatic grease, film adhesive and polyurethane coating and thinner. The post-TDO conduct included more than $69,000 of exported goods.
HSI encourages the public to report any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.