Two Iranian nationals living in Ontario have been charged in the United States for attempting to export goods to Iran, in violation of sanctions imposed on that country by the Americans.
Arash Yousefi Jam was put behind bars by the United States on December 23, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice on Tuesday. Ameni Yousefi Jam, 33, who is also a resident of Ontario is also charged, but US authorities have not announced his arrest.
The two Iranians are charged with conspiracy to smuggle goods from the United States and conspiracy to engage in international money laundering.
They allegedly “conspired to export highly sophisticated American-made equipment and other US-made items into the arms of the Iranians,” US prosecutor Matthew Schneider said.
They reportedly attempted to ship electronic components, railway crankshafts and various other items to Iran via the United Arab Emirates. To do so, they allegedly provided “false and misleading information” about the end uses of these goods in the United States.
“The defendants deceived American companies, obtained articles illegally in the United States and transhipped them via the United Arab Emirates to Iran in violation of United States laws,” said John Demers, deputy attorney general responsible for national security.
Note that another suspect who lives in Iran, Abdollah Momeni Roustani, has also been charged.
The three men face up to 25 years in prison and fines totaling $ 750,000 if convicted.