U.S. Citizen Charged with Conspiring to Provide Electronic Equipment and Technology to the Government of Iran | USAO-EDNY

A criminal case has been filed in federal court in Brooklyn accusing Campis Attar Kashani, a dual citizen of the United States and Iran, of conspiring to illegally export US goods, technology, and services to end users in Iran, including the government of Iran, in violation of the Emergency Economic Powers Act International (IEEPA). Kashani was arrested yesterday in Chicago, Illinois, and appeared before United States District Judge Sheila M. Finnegan in the federal courthouse in Chicago today. The accused was detained pending the hearing.

Bron Pace, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Matthew G. Olsen, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and Joseph R. (FBI) Bureau, announced the arrest.

Allegedly, Kashani orchestrated an elaborate scheme to evade US export laws and use the US financial system to procure US electronic equipment and technology for the Central Bank of Iran, which the US government has identified as working for or on behalf of terrorist organizations. The defendant allegedly used two companies from the UAE United Arab Emirates as fronts for the purchase of goods from several US technology companies, including one in Brooklyn,” the United States Attorney stated. “Kashani’s arrest underscores the firm determination of this office and the Department of Justice to prosecute those who seek profit by endangering our national security.”

“We have arrested Kempiz Attar Kashani on charges of conspiring to deceive American companies, including one based in Massachusetts, by illegally exporting their sophisticated electronic equipment and technology to the government of Iran. We believe that Mr. Kashani has benefited financially by boosting the economy of one of the most famous countries in the world. world sponsor of terrorism, while circumventing critical US laws designed to protect our national security interests,” said FBI Special Agent Bonavolonta. “This case is another example of the FBI’s commitment to working with our law enforcement partners to protect American companies and stop the illegal export of sensitive information and technology to countries hostile to the United States.”

As described in the complaint, Kashani conspired to illegally export goods and technology to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), which the United States government recognizes as an agency of the Iranian government. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated CIB as a Specially Designated National (SDN), which indicates that CIB is working for or on behalf of a terrorist organization. According to the United States government, CBI has materially assisted, sponsored, and provided financial, material, or technological support, goods, or services to Lebanese Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, and to the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is a branch of the Iranian armed forces and represents the Iranian government’s primary vehicle for directing and carrying out its global terrorist campaign.

Kashani is alleged to have perpetrated the illegal transfer scheme through two separate companies in the United Arab Emirates serving as president. From about February 2019 through June 2021, Kashani and his co-conspirators used the two Emirati companies to purchase electronic goods and technology from several US technology companies, including one located in Brooklyn, New York, for end users in Iran, including CBI, without obtaining export licenses Required by OFAC. Kashani and his co-conspirators deliberately concealed from US companies that they intended to send the items to Iran, falsely claiming that front-line companies in the UAE would be the end users.

The charge in the complaint is an allegation, and the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The government’s case is handled by the bureau’s National Security and Cybercrime Division. United States Assistant Attorneys General Alexander A. Solomon and Meredith A. Arfa are leading the prosecution, assisted by Attorney General S. Derek Shugert of the Department of Justice’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Division and United States Assistant Attorney General Sean McCarthy of Northern Illinois.

Defendant:

Kumpiz Attar Kashani
Age: 44
The United Arab Emirates

EDNY Database Number: 21-MJ-31

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