A news release from the US DoJ on 1 May advised that Amir Dianat, 55, and Kamran Lajmiri, 42, both Iranian nationals, have been charged with violating US export laws and sanctions against Iran in the US. They were allegedly involved in a conspiracy to provide US financial services to Iranian entities and their front companies attempting to purchase a petroleum tanker, the Nautic, in September 2019. The complaint alleges that the defendants concealed from the seller, financial institutions that clear US dollar transactions, and the US government that this vessel was destined for Iran. A related verified civil forfeiture complaint was filed for $12,338,941.91.
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