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Two convicted for smuggling PCs to Iran via Dubai

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

The two men reportedly exported around $4.9m in computer goods to Tehran illegally.
The two men reportedly exported around $4.9m in computer goods to Tehran illegally.

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.

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