August 9, 2019

Second guilty plea in conspiracy to export technology to sanctioned entity in Iran

Negar Ghodskani, an Iranian citizen, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export controlled technology from the United States to Iran, in violation of 18 USC § 371.  Ghodskani and several other individuals owned Green Wave Telecommunication, Sdn Bhn, a company based in Malaysia that operated as a front for Ghodskani’s former employer, an Iranian company called Fanavar Moj Khavar that was designated by the US Department of the Treasury in 2017 as a Specially Designated National.  According to the plea agreement, Ghodskani contacted manufacturers and distributors of export-controlled technology in the US, representing herself as an employee of Green Wave in order to conceal the identity of the Iranian purchaser, Fanavar Moj Khavar.  Once the products reached Malaysia, they were repackaged and re-exported from Malaysia to Fanavar Mo Khavar in Teheran.

Ghodskani’s co-defendant, Alireza Jalali, pleaded guilty in the case in November 2017, and was sentenced to 15 months in prison on March 20, 2018.