U.S.-Iranian citizen arrested for attempting to deliver American technology to Iran's Central Bank

The man was arrested in Chicago for attempting to unlawfully export goods to Iran
January 2018 photo of Tehran, Iran
Tehran, Iran
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A citizen of the U.S. and Iran has been arrested by the FBI after attempting to evade United State's export restrictions imposed on Iran.

Kambiz Attar Kashani, 44, was detained in Chicago last week following an attempt to ship products and technology to Iran's Central Bank, according to a statement on the matter from the Justice Department. He has ben charged with a single count of conspiracy to unlawfully export goods to Iran.

The U.S. has banned the sale of goods and services to the Iranian Central Bank and other Iranian government entities because of their involvement with terrorist organizations.

The department said Kashani procured electronic goods from U.S. companies, via a number of companies he controls based in the United Arab Emirates, with the intent to eventually deliver them to Iran without obtaining the necessary export licenses. 

If convicted, Kashani faces a maximum penalty of two decades in prison in addition to a $1 million fine.