One of First Convictions in Country for Exporting National Security Items to Iran
SAN JOSE – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that Super Micro Computer Inc. pleaded guilty yesterday to a felony charge of unlawfully exporting computer components to Iran in 2001 and 2002. Export of the computer components was banned at the time for reasons of national security under export commodity control number 4A003.b. This guilty plea is the result of an investigation by agents of the Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement, of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which regulates exports, and Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.
Super Micro, headquartered in San Jose, Calif., was charged in an information filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on September 1, 2006. The company was charged with one count of knowingly exporting items subject to export regulations without obtaining a license, in violation of Title 50, United States Code, section 1705(b). Under the terms of the plea agreement, the company agreed to plead guilty and pay a $150,000 fine. Pursuant to the agreement, Judge Ronald M. Whyte imposed the sentence on the same day the company pleaded guilty. According to the plea agreement, as a result of the investigation the company implemented a new export control program in February 2004. Since the initiation of that program, the government has been monitoring Super Micro’s exports and has found no evidence of further export violations. Remedial actions taken by the company were taken into account for sentencing purposes.
In pleading guilty, the company admitted that between December 28, 2001, and January 29, 2002, the company sold 300 of the company’s P4SBA+ Motherboards to a company named Super Net in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, knowing that the items were to be transhipped to Iran. Super Net paid $27,600 for the items. At the time of the export the items were controlled for reasons of national security, and exporting them to Iran without a license was illegal. The motherboards at issue are no longer controlled for export.
According to Department of Commerce records, this case is one of the first criminal convictions in the nation for exporting items controlled for national security reasons to Iran.
Gary G. Fry is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case with the assistance of Legal Technician Tracey Andersen.
Case #: CR 06-00597 RMW
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