Vahid Hosseini, 62, of Reston, was sentenced June 13 to two and a half years in prison followed by two years of supervised release, for exporting to Iran various high-tech electronics and other items that could be used to enhance a nuclear device. According to court documents, from January 2008 to July 2013, Hosseini, an Iranian-born immigrant who became a naturalized U.S. citizen, operated a business known as Sabern Instruments from his residence in Reston.
Court documents state that through this business, Hosseini procured over $250,000 worth of goods from over 60 American manufacturers which he then repackaged and shipped to entities in Iran.
The list of high-tech goods included tachometers, power supply instruments, high-temperature probes, ammonia test tubes, valves and machinery parts — all of which court documents state are used in a variety of commercial applications, including nuclear power plants. Some of the items Hosseini sent to Iran were found to be capable of adding value to a nuclear weapons program and to other nuclear related applications and research areas, according to court records.
Hosseini routed his shipments through the United Arab Emirates in an attempt to disguise the fact that the items were destined for Iran and “knowing that he was transporting these goods in violation of U.S. trade sanctions against Iran,” court records state.
Such exports are prohibited without a license issued by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
In a related money laundering scheme, Hosseini pleaded guilty to having more than $700,000 wired into his company business account from entities in Iran and the UAE, much of which was derived from his illegal export business. Hosseini pleaded guilty on March 6. He agreed to forfeit $50,000 as part of his guilty plea in this case.
Hosseini’s attorney, Fred Mostafavi Rejali of McLean, declined to comment on the case.