Canadian man sentenced to US prison for conspiring to send tech to Iran
By CP STAFFGeneral Technology government Iran manufacturing prison Technology
Found to have used front companies in China and a group of co-conspirators to export restricted US technology.
BLAINE, Wash. — A Canadian man has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison in the US for conspiring to send restricted high-tech goods to Iran.
The US Justice Department says Iranian-born Ghobad Ghasempour was arrested in March of last year when he entered the country at Blaine, Wash., and pleaded guilty earlier this year.
The 38-year-old from Surrey, BC, was found to have used front companies in China and a group of co-conspirators to export restricted U.S. technology to Iran between 2011 and 2017.
Authorities say the technology had both military and non-military uses.
The items included a microscopic tape measure; parts used in cellphones and missiles; and thermal imaging cameras used in security systems or military drones.
Investigators say the scheme culminated with plans to ship a table used to calibrate military-grade navigation devices, including missile technology.