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US DOJ: New Charges Filed Against Irish Trading Firm for Exporting U.S. Military Items to Iran

The Department of Justice announced yesterday that a federal grand jury in DC had charged the Mac Aviation Group – an Irish trading company – and its officers Thomas and Sean McGuinn of Sligo, Ireland, in a superseding indictment with purchasing and illegally exporting to Iran F-5 fighter aircraft parts, helicopter engines and other aircraft components from U.S. companies.

In a typical pattern in cases such as these, the McGuinns solicited purchase orders from customers in Iran for U.S.-origin aircraft engines and parts and then sent requests for aircraft components to U.S. companies. In order to hide the ultimate destination for the items, the McGuinns did not mention the parts were headed to Iran.

Using popular transshipment points such as Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates, countries with weak or, for all intents and purposes non-existent export control regimes, the controlled U.S. technology made its way to the Iranian regime.

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