Centreville man convicted of sending bomb-making materials to Iran
Mehdi Khorramshahgol, 50, of Centreville, was convicted on Tuesday by a federal judge after a bench trial for violating U.S. economic sanctions on Iran by sending explosion-graded industrial parts to a petrochemical company in Iran, according to federal court records.
Khorramshahgol faces a potential maximum penalty of 90 years of imprisonment when he is sentenced on Nov. 1, 2013.
Khorramshahgol was indicted on April 25, 2013, by a federal grand jury on four counts of violating and conspiring to violate the United States economic sanction on Iran, one count of conspiring to defraud the United States, and one count of aiding and abetting a material false statement. According to court records and evidence at trial, Khorramshahgol conspired with others in Iran to purchase industrial goods from United States businesses for the Iranian petrochemical industry. Khorramshahgol also falsely represented that the end users for his purchases were in Dubai. After Khorramshahgol purchased the goods and shipped them to Dubai, other co-conspirators repackaged the goods for onward shipment to Tehran. The conspiracy used a series of false invoices, false end users, and front companies to hide its illicit activity, court records state.