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Tennessee man pleads guilty to smuggling items to Iran

10 March 2020

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that Aiden Davidson, a-k-a Hamed Aliabadi, of Tennessee, has pleaded guilty in Federal Court to smuggling goods from the United States to Iran. According to court documents and statements made in court, Davidson is a citizen of Iran and a naturalized citizen and resident of the United States. Davidson was the manager/member and registered agent of a New Hampshire limited liability company, Golden Gate International, LLC (“Golden Gate”). Babazedeh Trading Co., a/k/a “Babazadeh Hydraulic Trading Group” (“Babazadeh”) was an Iranian company that operated an online resale business based in Tehran, Iran. Stare Lojistik Enerji Sanayi Ticaret (“Stare”) was a Turkish freight forwarding company with a location in Igdir, Turkey. Between December 2016 and February 2017, Davidson and Golden Gate smuggled goods from Savannah, Georgia, to Babazadeh in Iran. The goods included motors, pumps, valves, and other items that were valued at more than US$100,000. Documents related to the shipments falsely identified the Ultimate Consignee of the shipments as Stare in Turkey. In causing the unlicensed exportation of these goods, Davidson and Golden Gate wilfully evaded national security controls related to transactions with Iran. Again, between April 2017 and August 2017, Davidson and Golden Gate knowingly smuggled goods from Savannah, Georgia, to Babazadeh in Iran. The goods included displacement pumps that were valued at approximately US$13,000. Documents related to these shipments falsely identified the Ultimate Consignee of the shipments as Ariyanis Group in Turkey. In causing the unlicensed exportation of these goods, Davidson and Golden Gate wilfully evaded national security controls related to transactions with Iran. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on June 17, 2020.

Further information is to be found at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nh/pr/tennessee-man-pleads-guilty-smuggling-goods-united-states-iran