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Iranian national sentenced in San Diego

Arash Ghahreman gets 78 months for tech-smuggling scheme

Arash Ghahreman, a naturalized United States citizen and former Iranian national, yesterday (August 27) was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for his role in a scheme to purchase marine navigation and military electronic equipment for illegal export to Iran.

He had been convicted in January by a San Diego federal jury of violations of export and money-laundering laws. U.S. district judge Dana Sabraw said that Ghahreman's conduct was aimed at thwarting the Iran trade sanctions and therefore he was a national security threat to the U.S.

Ghahreman, a resident of Staten Island, New York, was an agent of an Iranian procurement network that used a front company in the United Arab Emirates to acquire U.S. goods for shipment to Iran.

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Arash Ghahreman, a naturalized United States citizen and former Iranian national, yesterday (August 27) was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for his role in a scheme to purchase marine navigation and military electronic equipment for illegal export to Iran.

He had been convicted in January by a San Diego federal jury of violations of export and money-laundering laws. U.S. district judge Dana Sabraw said that Ghahreman's conduct was aimed at thwarting the Iran trade sanctions and therefore he was a national security threat to the U.S.

Ghahreman, a resident of Staten Island, New York, was an agent of an Iranian procurement network that used a front company in the United Arab Emirates to acquire U.S. goods for shipment to Iran.

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Now the U.S. Attorney and/or the Grand Jury should investigate Mark Arabo for human trafficking of Iraqi nationals. He is part of a conspiracy to smuggling Iraqi's into Mexico and then into the United States. Participating in smuggling people who are encouraged to lie about their identities, giving false documents to U.S. authorities is a threat to national security.

Aug. 28, 2015

Ponzi: This is the first I have heard of Mark Arabo. Should I be aware of him? Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 28, 2015

Ponzi, on what are you basing your comment about Arabo?

Aug. 28, 2015

The "underground railroad" he is supporting. Here's one of the stories about it where he admits he is part of this human smuggling. And I don't care what other names it is called... humanitarian, refugee, it is circumventing the laws of the United States and the activity is coaching and encouraging foreign nationals to lie to gain entry into the United States. We, the People are suppose to choose who is or is not "at risk," what a "refugee" is and who is eligible... and we have a process in place. If individuals are impatient with it, it still does not condone committing felonies to please their personal agendas. Arabo also is grandstanding and seems to have political ambitions.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/aug/22/underground-railroad-assists-iraqi-refugees-in/

Aug. 28, 2015

Ponzi: Sorry, I can't base an opinion on one story from the Union-Tribune. I would have to study this more. You certainly put a different twist on this than the U-T did. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 28, 2015

Duplicate post.

Aug. 28, 2015

This dude is a naturalized US citizen, huh? It would appear that his loyalties are with a foreign power. There was a time when this sort of thing was called treason. At the very least, his citizenship should be revoked, and he should be deported to Iran. Would they treat him as a hero there for helping them circumvent the economic sanctions? Or is it likely that their police state would regard him as a security risk to the regime?

Aug. 28, 2015

When I was an IT director I hired an individual (small business) to do some work on a computer room. He was from Iran. I didn’t care, and I actually thought he was perhaps from Hawaii. I never asked his nationality. But I always did background checks on contractors and his name came up with several felonies. He had been indicted for cell-phone cloning, possessing illegal narcotics for sale, possession of assault rifles, and lying (obstructing justice) to a federal agent. The case file showed that he had a lawyer who pleaded with the judge to reduce to charges because the individual “had no prior criminal record.” His lawyer also said that his family was wanted by SAVAK and that if he were deported, he would be “killed on the tarmac” in Tehran. Who knows whether what the lawyer was claiming was true or not, but the judge was sympathetic. That drug dealing, lying, felon is still in business in San Diego.

Aug. 28, 2015

Ponzi: That is definitely an interesting story. You obviously got a lemon there. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 28, 2015

Visduh: But are his loyalties to a foreign power? Certainly, he is breaking U.S. law. If he were a Mexican bringing his friends to the U.S. illegally, he would not be looked upon favorably. On the other hand, he is helping people who would be killed by radicals if they stayed. He is a citizen of the U.S. and can't be deported easily. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 28, 2015

interesting, since the same equipment can be exported to the UAE with a state dept lic.

maybe some of the big companies got pissed off over the deal.

Aug. 28, 2015

Murphyjunk: Yours is a very interesting post. One can export this equipment to the UAE with a State Department license? Are there some interesting wrinkles in the fine print? Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 28, 2015

It would be interesting to see a comparison of the number of "foreign nationals" who have been convicted of (crimes against the United States?) felonies and the number deported or jailed and the length of sentences. Also compare countries of origin and other relevant factors so that we can come to understand better how well the scales of justice are in or out of balance.

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Aug. 28, 2015

Twister: I agree that would be interesting information. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 28, 2015

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