Two convicted for smuggling PCs to Iran via Dubai

US authorities find two men guilty of PC exports to Iran without proper permission

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Two convicted for smuggling PCs to Iran via Dubai The two men reportedly exported around $4.9m in computer goods to Tehran illegally.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 19, 2012

US authorities have convicted two men of illegally exporting computers to Iran via Dubai, according to Bloomberg.

The two men pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme to illegally export millions of dollars' worth of computers to Iran without the proper licences from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Massoud Habibion, 49, co-founder of Online Micro, and Mohsen Motamedian, 44, a co-owner of the company, admitted to lying about the destination of shipments and falsifying documents related to them.

The company initially purchased 1,000 computers from Dell for around $500,000 in May 2007. Dell then received service calls from end users in Iran, alerting Dell that Online Micro was shipping to Iran without permission, and Dell then suspended any further orders.

Online Micro then worked with an unnamed company based in Dubai and Tehran, to continue to ship US-sourced PC equipment to Iran via the UAE. From November 2009 to December 2010, the company exported around $4.9 million worth of PCs.

The two men, both US citizens, made a plea deal with the US authorities. Habibion faces up to five years in prison and a $1m fine, while Motamedian faces up to 20 years at sentencing, which will take place in May. Habibion and Online Micro agreed to forfeit $1.9m, and Motamedian will forfeit $50,000.

2678 days ago

This is absurd! I Guess if they have shipped cocaine they would not have been punished this harsh!

These equipment are not of much use to the "tyrant regime" as one comment mentioned, but to the people who are trying to break free of the tyrants. The embargoes of last decades by US has only helped the regime and people have only suffered because of it.

2680 days ago

It is a shame that people who have made their home in the USA to be free of oppression and tyranny will stoop to this type of activity just to earn money. They help to support a regime that in not fair even to it's own citizens, especially women. Their actions are making this planet earth more dangerous to live in due to their nuclear activities. Country that has such abundant supply of oil & gas has chosen to go for nuclear fuel enrichment for power production. It's motives must be questionable.

2680 days ago
Kevin Capozzi

What nonsense! Dell Computers? How can the export of generic equipment have any effect on the US. Guess they should have shipped Lenovo, Acer, Asus, etc!!!

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