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Prosecuted for diverting aircraft parts from the US to Iran in violation of US sanctions


In 2017 where a UK national and a Singaporean company director were prosecuted in the US for diverting aircraft parts from the US to Iran in violation of US sanctions.

The UK national worked for a Singaporean company called Corezing International, which procured the parts from the US, imported them to Singapore and then shipped them to Iran.

The company director, Lim Yong Nam, was indicted in 2010 and extradited to the US in 2016. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 months in prison and a fine of US$100,000.

The UK national, Brian Woodford, was also indicted but remained a fugitive.

Corezing International Pte. Ltd., a company based in Singapore with offices in China, was involved in a significant case in 2011. The company, along with five individuals and three other companies, were indicted as part of a conspiracy to defraud the United States.

The indictment alleged that these entities caused thousands of radio frequency modules to be illegally exported from the United States to Iran. At least 16 of these modules were later found in unexploded improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq.

The individuals involved included Wong Yuh Lan (Wong), Lim Yong Nam (Nam), Lim Kow Seng (Seng), and Hia Soo Gan Benson (Hia), all citizens of Singapore, and Hossein Larijani, a citizen and resident of Iran.

Authorities in Singapore arrested Wong, Nam, Seng, and Hia in connection with a U.S. request for extradition. The United States sought their extradition to stand trial in the District of Columbia. Hossein Larijani remained at large.

The case underscored the continuing threat posed by Iranian procurement networks seeking to obtain U.S. technology through fraud and the importance of safeguarding that technology.



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