In the Matter of: Afshin Rezaei, 2310 Valley Brook Way, NE., Atlanta, GA 30319.
Order Denying Export Privileges
On May 15, 2008, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Afshin Rezaei (“Rezaei”) pleaded guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706 (2000)) (“IEEPA”) for knowingly and willfully exporting and causing to be exported laptop computers from the United States to Iran without having obtained the required authorization from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Rezaei was sentenced to time Start Printed Page 8918served, followed by three years of supervised release.
Section 766.25 of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR” or “Regulations”)  provides, in pertinent part, that “[t]he Director of the Office of Exporter Services, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Export Enforcement, may deny the export privileges of any person who has been convicted of a violation of the [Export Administration Act (“EAA”)], the EAR, or any order, license or authorization issued thereunder; any regulation, license, or order issued under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706); 18 U.S.C. 793, 794 or 798; section 4(b) of the Internal Security Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. 783(b)), or section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778).” 15 CFR Section 766.25(a); see also Section 11(h) of the EAA, 50 U.S.C. app. § 2410(h). The denial of export privileges under this provision may be for a period of up to 10 years from the date of the conviction. 15 CFR Section 766.25(d); see also 50 U.S.C. app. § 2410(h). In addition, Section 750.8 of the Regulations states that the Bureau of Industry and Security's Office of Exporter Services may revoke any Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) licenses previously issued in which the person had an interest in at the time of his conviction.
I have received notice of Rezaei's conviction for violating IEEPA, and have provided notice and an opportunity for Rezaei to make a written submission to BIS, as provided in Section 766.25 of the Regulations. I have not received a submission from Rezaei. Based upon my review and consultations with BIS's Office of Export Enforcement, including its Director, and the facts available to BIS, I have decided to deny Rezaei's export privileges under the Regulations for a period of ten years from the date of Rezaei's conviction. I have also decided to revoke all licenses issued pursuant to the Act or Regulations in which Rezaei had an interest at the time of his conviction.
Accordingly, it is hereby
I. Until May 15, 2018, Afshin Rezaei, with a last known address at: 2310 Valley Brook Way, NE., Atlanta, GA 30319, and when acting for or on behalf of Rezaei, his representatives, assigns, agents, or employees, (collectively referred to hereinafter as the “Denied Person”) may not, directly or indirectly, participate in any way in any transaction involving any commodity, software or technology (hereinafter collectively referred to as “item”) exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations, or in any other activity subject to the Regulations, including, but not limited to:
A. Applying for, obtaining, or using any license, License Exception, or export control document;
B. Carrying on negotiations concerning, or ordering, buying, receiving, using, selling, delivering, storing, disposing of, forwarding, transporting, financing, or otherwise servicing in any way, any transaction involving any item exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations, or in any other activity subject to the Regulations; or
C. Benefitting in any way from any transaction involving any item exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations, or in any other activity subject to the Regulations.
II. No person may, directly or indirectly, do any of the following:
A. Export or reexport to or on behalf of the Denied Person any item subject to the Regulations;
B. Take any action that facilitates the acquisition or attempted acquisition by the Denied Person of the ownership, possession, or control of any item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be exported from the United States, including financing or other support activities related to a transaction whereby the Denied Person acquires or attempts to acquire such ownership, possession or control;
C. Take any action to acquire from or to facilitate the acquisition or attempted acquisition from the Denied Person of any item subject to the Regulations that has been exported from the United States;
D. Obtain from the Denied Person in the United States any item subject to the Regulations with knowledge or reason to know that the item will be, or is intended to be, exported from the United States; or
E. Engage in any transaction to service any item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be exported from the United States and which is owned, possessed or controlled by the Denied Person, or service any item, of whatever origin, that is owned, possessed or controlled by the Denied Person if such service involves the use of any item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be exported from the United States. For purposes of this paragraph, servicing means installation, maintenance, repair, modification or testing.
III. After notice and opportunity for comment as provided in Section 766.23 of the Regulations, any other person, firm, corporation, or business organization related to Afshin Rezaei by affiliation, ownership, control, or position of responsibility in the conduct of trade or related services may also be made subject to the provisions of this Order if necessary to prevent evasion of the Order.
IV. This Order does not prohibit any export, reexport, or other transaction subject to the Regulations where the only items involved that are subject to the Regulations are the foreign-produced direct product of U.S.-origin technology.
V. This Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until May 15, 2018.
VI. In accordance with Part 756 of the Regulations, Rezaei may file an appeal of this Order with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security. The appeal must be filed within 45 days from the date of this Order and must comply with the provisions of Part 756 of the Regulations.
VII. A copy of this Order shall be delivered to Rezaei. This Order shall be published in the Federal Register.Start Signature
Issued this February 18, 2010.
Director, Office of Exporter Services.
1. The Regulations are currently codified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 15 CFR parts 730-774 (2009). The Regulations are issued pursuant to the Export Administration Act (“EAA”), which is currently codified at 50 U.S.C. app. §§ 2401-2420 (2000). Since August 21, 2001, the EAA has been in lapse and the President, through Executive Order 13222 of August 17, 2001 (3 CFR, 2001 Comp. 783 (2002)), which has been extended by successive Presidential Notices, the most recent being that of August 13, 2009 (74 FR 41,325 (August 14, 2009)), has continued the Regulations in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706 (2000)).Back to Citation
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