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US arrests Las Vegas woman for violating Iran sanctions

US arrests Las Vegas woman for violating Iran sanctions
posted onMay 30, 2021

A Las Vegas woman has been arrested for conspiracy to export goods from the United States to Iran, in violation of international sanctions against the country, the Department of Justice released a statement on Saturday.

“According to the indictment unsealed yesterday, Tina Chen, 47 — aka Ya When Chen, Wen Tina Chen, Tina Dunbar, and Tina Dubner — is the owner of Top One Zone, LLC, a company exporting electronic and computer components that Chen operates from her residence. As alleged, from about November 2015 to May 2019, Chen conspired with others to buy and export goods from companies in the United States, and then send those goods to individuals in Iran through companies in Hong Kong,” the statement said.

According to the report, Chen concealed the identities of the end users, and she did not have a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury.

She is now charged with one count of conspiracy to unlawfully export goods to Iran. A jury trial is set for July 26. If convicted, Chen faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine, said the statement.