Orange County Business Owner Accused of Exporting Prohibited Materials to ChinaDec 11th, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: Lead Article
Two Iranian Nationals Have Been Arrested, Including One on Charges of Exporting Carbon Fiber – a Product That Can Be Used for Uranium Enrichment
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), James T. Hayes, Jr., the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), and Sidney Simon, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Export Enforcement New York Field Office (“DOC”), announced charges against four individuals for exporting various goods from the U.S. to Iran and China. These goods include carbon fiber, which has a wide variety of uses, including in gas centrifuges that enrich uranium and in military aircraft and strategic missiles. The four individuals charged are Hamid Reza Hashemi, a dual U.S. and Iranian citizen who resides in Iran, Peter Gromacki, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Orange County, New York, Amir Aabbas Tamimi, an Iranian citizen and a resident of Iran, and Murat Taskiran, a Turkish citizen. Hashemi, Gromacki, and Tamimi are in custody in the U.S.
Hashemi is alleged to have violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”) by working with others, including Taskiran, to arrange for the export of carbon fiber from the U.S. to his company in Tehran, Iran. Hashemi was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he entered the U.S. on December 1, 2012, and was arraigned in federal court in White Plains on December 4, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge George A. Yanthis. U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti is assigned to the case.
Gromacki is alleged to have violated IEEPA by using his company in Orange County, New York, to export carbon fiber from the U.S. to China. He was arrested this morning at his residence in Orange County, and was arraigned in federal court in White Plains before U.S. Magistrate Judge George A. Yanthis this afternoon.
Tamimi is alleged to have violated IEEPA by working to export helicopter component parts from the U.S. to Iran, through South Korea. He was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he entered the U.S. on October 5, 2012, and was arraigned on October 9, 2012, in federal court in Manhattan before U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken.