Canadian company sent US sanctioned equipment to Iran; Iranian sentenced

By Christine Duhaime | February 2nd, 2020

An Iranian foreign national living in the US, Mahin Toussi Mojtahedzadeh, was sentenced to 443 days in jail in the US, for conspiring to unlawfully export gas turbine parts from the US to Iran, using a company in Richmond Hill, Ontario. She is being removed from the US and deported back to Iran.

Mojtahedzadeh was the president of ETCO-FZC, an export company which imported turbine parts to Iran from various places through Dubai. On July 19, 2019, she pled guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations

From 2013 through 2017, she worked with companies in Canada, including one that purportedly went by the name Industial Parts Solution, deliberately to violate sanctions against Iran, by having these companies acquire sanctioned equipment through Canada; the Canadian companies then forward shipped them to Iran, without having a license from the US Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Two of Mojtahedzadeh’s co-conspirators in Germany also pled guilty and were sentenced but so far, no word on prosecutions for sanctions avoidance on the Canadians in Richmond Hill, Ontario, who were part of the sanctions avoidance scheme.

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