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Canadian man sentenced to US prison for conspiring to send tech to Iran

Found to have used front companies in China and a group of co-conspirators to export restricted US technology.

August 23, 2018   by CP STAFF

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.

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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.