Iranian National and Company Charged in Conspiracy to Export Military Equipment from the U.S.

On November 20, 2012, Department of Justice reported that Amin Ravan, a citizen of Iran, and his Iran-based company, IC Market Iran (IMI), have been charged in an indictment with conspiracy to defraud the United States, smuggling, and violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) in connection with the unlawful export of 55 military antennas from the United States to Singapore and Hong Kong.

According to the indictment, Ravan was based in Iran and, at various times, acted as an agent of IMI in Iran and an agent of Corezing International, Pte, Ltd, a company based in Singapore that also maintained offices in Hong Kong and China.  

On Oct. 10, 2012, Ravan was arrested by authorities in Malaysia in connection with a U.S. provisional arrest warrant.   The United States is seeking to extradite him from Malaysia to stand trial in the District of Columbia.   If convicted of the charges against him, Ravan faces a potential twenty years in prison for the AECA violation, ten years in prison for the smuggling charge and five years in prison for the conspiracy charge.

According to the indictment, in March 2007, Ravan, through his co-conspirators at Corezing, ordered from a Massachusetts company 50 cavity-backed, military antennas for $86,750, and discussed structuring payment from Ravan to his Corezing co-conspirators in a manner that would avoid transactional delays caused by the Iran embargo. Ultimately, between July and September 2007, a total of 50 cavity-backed spiral antennas and five biconical antennas were exported from the United States to Corezing in Singapore and Hong Kong without the required State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls licenses. 

Two of Ravan's co-conspirators, principals of Corezing, have been charged in a separate indictment in the District of Columbia in connection with this particular transaction involving the export of military antennas to Singapore and Hong Kong.  They were arrested in Singapore last year and the United States is seeking their extradition.