A federal courtroom has charged US citizen Kambiz Attar Kashani with conspiring to supply know-how and digital tools to the Iranian authorities, the US Justice Division reported on Friday.
Kashani, 44, who additionally holds Iranian citizenship, was arrested the day gone by in Chicago for conspiring to deceive American firms. He was reportedly going to illegally export US items to the Iranian authorities with out an export license. Kashani and his co-conspirators withheld their intention from the US firms to ship the objects to Iran.
US Lawyer for the New York Japanese District, Breon Peace, said that Kashani “used the US monetary system in procuring US digital tools and know-how for the Central Financial institution of Iran (CBI), which has been designated by the USA authorities as appearing for or on behalf of terrorist organizations.
“The defendant allegedly used two United Arab Emirates firms as fronts to acquire objects from a number of US know-how firms, together with an organization in Brooklyn,” Peace continued. Kashani used the 2 UAE-based firms from February 2019 to June of final yr, based on the Justice Division.
FBI Particular Agent-in-Cost Joseph Bonavolanta reported the chance that Kashani “profited financially by strengthening the financial system of one of many world’s most notorious state sponsors of terrorism.”
The Central Financial institution of Iran has assisted and supplied know-how, items and funds to Hezbollah, based mostly in Lebanon, in addition to the Quds Drive of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), based on the US authorities.
The Justice Division has reiterated that the cost is merely an allegation and that Kashani is “presumed harmless” until he’s confirmed responsible.