4 men have been indicted in the USA for conspiring to violate US sanctions by exporting technical equipment with apparent applications in the oil and gas industry to Iran. The indictment alleges that Shahin Tabatabaei, a Canadian national, ran companies in Mexico and Canada that shipped US goods through Turkey or the UAE into Iran between 2007 and 2011, and that he falsely stated in his paperwork that the goods would not be exported to countries where doing so was prohibited by sanctions. According to the FBI, Mr Tabatabaei was arrested at the US-Canada border last week.
Another of those indicted is Canadian Mohammad Fatemi, from whom Mr Tabatabaei rented office space until 6-8 months ago. He is alleged to have shipped prohibited goods to co-conspirators in the UAE. The others are Abbas Moradi and Amirreza Sahebjamei, both based in Iran, who are alleged to have collected orders from Iranian companies, sent those orders to Mr Tabatabaei, and facilitated payments to Mr Fatemi.