Supplier busted for Iran deal

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By  Published  September 29, 2006

Components vendor Super Micro Computer has pleaded guilty to a US felony charge of unlawfully exporting computer components to Iran.

The charge was filed by the US Attorney’s Office. Super Micro has paid a US$150,000 fine, having admitted that it sold 300 motherboards to Dubai-based Super Net in late 2001 and early 2002, knowing that the products were going to be re-exported to Iran.

Super Net paid US$27,600 for the 300 P4SBA+ motherboards, which support Intel Pentium 4 processors. “At the time of the export the items were controlled for reasons of national security, and exporting them to Iran without a licence was illegal,” read a statement from the US Attorney’s Office, part of the US Department of Justice.

The motherboards in question are no longer controlled for export. Super Micro’s guilty plea came after an investigation by agents of several different US government organisations.

In addition to paying a US$150,000 fine, California-based Super Micro implemented a new export control programme, which began in 2004. Since then, the US government has been monitoring the firm’s export activities and said it has found no evidence of export violations being committed.

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