The United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York has issued a three-count indictment charging Pourghannad, Ali Reza Shokri and Farzin Faridmanesh with exporting carbon fiber from the United States to Iran. “Pourghannad is alleged to have sought to procure for Iran large amounts of carbon fiber — a commodity that can be used in the enrichment of uranium,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.  “U.S. sanctions exist to prevent behavior, like this, which endangers our country, and the Department is committed to vigorously enforcing them.  Pourghannad and others who would attempt to thwart these laws need to know that their actions, which benefit Iran’s destabilizing efforts and make Americans less safe, will not go unpunished.”

“Carbon fiber has many aerospace and defense applications, and is strictly controlled to ensure that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman.  “Pourghannad and his co-defendants allegedly went to great lengths to circumvent these controls and the United States’ export laws.  Together with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to protect our nation’s assets and protect our national security.”

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, unsealed in White Plains federal court[1]: