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February 04, 2010 

Taiwan National Arrested on Charges of Exporting Dual-Use Products From United States to Iran

The Justice Department announced today that Mr. Yi-Lan Chen, aka “Kevin Chen,” who holds a Taiwan passport, was arrested yesterday in Guam on charges of illegally exporting commodities for Iran’s missile program in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Iranian Transactions Regulations administered by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Controls

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint filed in federal court in Miami, Florida, Mr. Chen allegedly facilitated the purchase and export of various dual-use products from the U.S. to Iran by way of Taiwan and Hong Kong, including P200 turbine engines and spare parts, sealing compound, glass to metal pin seals, and circular hermetic connectors.

Federal agents learned of Chen’s efforts to obtain and export U.S. goods and commodities after Chen apparently attempted to export detonators through a California company. An investigation allegedly revealed that Chen’s ultimate customers were located in Iran and included Electro SANAM Industries, which has been linked to Iran's ballistic missile program, and the owner of a company in Tehran linked to chemical research and development facilities in Iran.

After receiving orders from customers in Iran, Chen apparently requested quotes, usually by e-mail, from U.S. businesses and made arrangements for the sale and shipment of the goods to freight forwarders in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Once in Hong Kong or Taiwan, the goods were then shipped to Iran.

If convicted, Chen faces a statutory maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million.

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