A criminal complaint has been unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn accusing Kambiz Attar Kashani, a dual citizen of the United States and Iran, of conspiracy to illegally export American goods, technology and services to users end users in Iran, including the Iranian government, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Kashani was arrested yesterday in Chicago, Illinois, and made his first appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila M. Finnegan at the Chicago Federal Courthouse. The defendant was taken into custody pending a detention hearing.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Matthew G. Olsen, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, and Joseph R. Bonavolanta, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office (FBI), announced the arrest.
“As alleged, Kashani orchestrated an elaborate scheme to evade U.S. export laws and use the U.S. financial system to procure U.S. electronic equipment and technology for the Central Bank of Iran, which has been designated by the U.S. government as acting for or on behalf of terrorist organizations. The defendant allegedly used two UAE companies as fronts to procure items from several U.S. technology companies, including a company in Brooklyn,” said “Kashani’s arrest underscores the relentless determination of this Office and the Department of Justice to prosecute those who seek to profit by compromising our national security.”
“We have arrested Kambiz Attar Kashani for conspiring to deceive American companies, including one headquartered in Massachusetts, into illegally exporting their highly sophisticated electronic equipment and technology to the Iranian government. We believe Mr. Kashani has profited financially by bolstering the economy of one of the world’s most infamous state sponsors of terrorism, while circumventing critical US laws designed to protect our national security interests,” the statement said. special agent in charge of the FBI Bonavolonta. “This case is another example of the FBI’s commitment to working with our law enforcement partners to protect American businesses and end the illegal export of sensitive information and technology to hostile countries. in the USA.”
As stated in the complaint, Kashani conspired to illegally export goods and technology to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), which the United States government acknowledges is an Iranian government agency. The United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has classified CBI as a Specially Designated National (SDN), meaning that CBI is acting for or on behalf of a terrorist organization. According to the U.S. government, CBI materially aided, sponsored, and provided financial, material, or technological support, goods, or services to Lebanese Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force. from Iran. The IRGC is a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces and represents the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global campaign of terrorism.
Kashani allegedly carried out the illegal transshipment scheme through two separate United Arab Emirates (UAE) shell companies for which he acts as principal. From February 2019 to around June 2021, Kashani and his co-conspirators used the two UAE companies to procure electronic goods and technology from several US tech companies, including a company located in Brooklyn, New York. , for end users in Iran, including CBI, without obtaining the required OFAC export licenses. Kashani and his co-conspirators intentionally concealed from US companies that they intended to send the items to Iran, falsely claiming that UAE front companies would be the ultimate end users.
The charge in the complaint is an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The government’s case is handled by the Bureau’s National Security and Cybercrime Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Alexander A. Solomon and Meredith A. Arfa are charged with the prosecution, with assistance from Attorney S. Derek Shugert of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Controls Section and Assistant United States Attorney Shawn McCarthy of the Northern District. from Illinois.
KAMBIZ ATTAR KASHANI
Age: 44 years old
United Arab Emirates
EDNY File Number: 21-MJ-31