Iranian woman pleads guilty in US to conspiracy to evade Iran sanctions

An Iranian woman, Negar Ghodskani, has pleaded guilty in the Minneapolis District Court to conspiring to evade US sanctions on Iran by exporting controlled technology after having been arrested in Australia in 2017 and subsequently extradited to the US.

Ms Ghodskani was employed by Fana Moj, an Iranian company designated for providing financial or material support to the IRGC. Fana Moj established a front company in Malaysia, and according to her guilty plea, Ms Ghodskani falsely represented herself to US companies when acquiring the technology to conceal its intended destination. The Malaysian company received deliveries of the technology that was then reshipped to Iran. She faces 5 years of imprisonment and a $369k fine. US Department of Justice Press Release.

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Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC is a senior barrister (Queen’s Counsel) at Brick Court Chambers with a wide-ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. The legal directories say she is the...

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