July 23, 2021

US charges Iranian national with Iran-related sanctions violations

On July 22, 2021, the US Department of Justice announced that an Iranian national residing in Ontario, Canada had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obtain and export goods from the US to Iran, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR).  According to court documents, between 2015 and 2017 Arash Yousefi Jam and his co-conspirators willfully and knowingly caused at least three US companies to ship goods — including electrical discharge boards, a CPU board, two servo motors and two railroad crankshafts — to end users in Iran without first obtaining required licenses from the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.  Jan and his co-conspirators allegedly attempted to conceal the true location of the end-users by shipping the goods through the United Arab Emirates and directing that payment for the goods come from banks in countries other than Iran. 

Jam is currently scheduled to be sentenced on October 14, 2021 in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Department of Justice Press Release | Indictment | Docket Minute Entry