The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that three Iranian nationals have been charged with conspiracy to export U.S. goods to Iran.

Arash Jam, 32, Amin Jam, 33, and Abdollah Roustani, 44, were charged in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR), as well as conspiracy to smuggle goods from the United States and conspiracy to engage in international money-laundering.

Arash Jam was arrested by U.S. authorities on Dec. 23. Amin Jam lives in Ontario, and Roustani is believed to be living in Iran.

Between January 2015 and February 2017, the three men allegedly conspired with each other and others to obtain goods in the United States and export them to Iran, according to the indictment.

Specifically, they allegedly conspired to fraudulently and knowingly export and send nine electrical discharge boards, one CPU board, two servo motors and two railroad crankshafts from the United States to Iran in violation of economic sanctions, according to the indictment.

The indictment further alleges that as part of the conspiracy, the defendants and their coconspirators planned and acted outside of the United States—in Iran and Canada, among other places—to purchase goods inside the United States to send to Iran. It also alleges that the defendants used third parties to arrange for payment and transportation of the goods.

Moreover, the indictment alleges that the defendants caused the goods to be exported from America to individuals and entities located in Iran through the United Arab Emirates, without obtaining the necessary licenses, in violation of U.S. law.

“The defendants deceived U.S. companies, illegally obtained sensitive U.S. items, and transshipped those items through the UAE to Iran in violation of U.S. law,” said U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers. “Such actions dilute the effectiveness of sanctions against Iran.”

“Since 1979, in order to protect the freedom and security of the American people, the United States has made it illegal to export goods to Iran,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider for the Eastern District of Michigan. “The deeply disturbing allegations in this case are that the defendants conspired to export highly sophisticated American manufacturing equipment and other American-made items into the arms of the Iranians.”

If convicted, the defendants face a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on the export and smuggling violations, and 20 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine on the money-laundering violation.

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