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Lee Specialties guilty of exporting prohibited goods to Iran

Red Deer company fined $90,000, value of synthetic rubber rings $15.

April 15, 2014   by CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY — An Alberta company has pleaded guilty to shipping a product to Iran that is banned because it could be used in the nuclear industry.

Lee Specialties Ltd. of Red Deer has pleaded guilty to one charge of violating the Special Economic Measures Act and has been fined $90,000.

Police say the investigation began three years ago after Canada Border Services Agency officers intercepted Viton O-rings from a cargo shipment at Calgary International Airport that was destined for Iran.

Viton is a brand form of synthetic rubber that can be used in the oilfields or in nuclear programs.

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Court heard the total value of the 50 rings shipped was only $15.

A lawyer for the company told court that the rings were supposed to go to Dubai, but there was an address mix up on the packaging.

Charges under the Customs Act and the United Nations Act were stayed.

© 2014 The Canadian Press


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