July 19, 2019

Iranian national pleads guilty to sanctions violations

Mahin Toussi Mojtahedzadeh, an Iranian national, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 USC §§ 1705(1) and (c), and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR), 31 CFR Parts 560.203 and 560.204.  Mahin served as the president and director of an export company located in Dubai that supplies replacement parts for power generation companies.  As part of her plea agreement, Mahin admitted to working with companies in Canada and Germany to evade US sanctions against Iran, by purchasing millions of dollars worth of turbine parts in the US and then transshipping them to Iran.

Mahin’s plea deal entails a preliminary order of forfeiture, which becomes final upon sentencing; she is scheduled to be sentenced on November 12, 2019.  Two of her co-conspirators have pleaded guilty, and one was sentenced in 2018 to 24 months in prison, with a fine of $5,000.  The third co-conspirator has not yet been sentenced.

DOJ press release | Plea agreement