New York Man Arrested by FBI for Alleged Export Violation

A New York man was arrested and charged with exporting goods restricted by the U.S. government the day after prosecutors announced charges against three other people for illegally sending carbon fiber to Iran and China.

Mark Henry, 49, was arrested today without incident at his home in Queens, New York, by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Commerce Department, according to Peter Donald, an FBI spokesman.

He is accused of shipping to Taiwan materials that can be used as protective coating for rocket nozzles without required U.S. State Department permission. He also allegedly tried to send microwave amplifier equipment to China that could have military applications while lacking a Commerce Department license.

Henry’s initial court appearance is scheduled for today, according to the office of New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. He is also to be arraigned tomorrow before U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman. Henry faces as long as 20 years in prison if he’s found guilty of violating either the Arms Export Control Act or the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The U.S. yesterday announced charges against three men for illegally exporting carbon fiber, which can be used for uranium enrichment. A fourth man was accused of trying to send helicopter parts to Iran.

Customs Declaration

Among those whose charges were announced yesterday is Peter Gromacki, 48, of Orange County, New York. Arrested yesterday and accused of using his business to ship more than 6,000 pounds of carbon fiber to China via Belgium in June 2007 and of lying on a customs declaration, he faces federal charges of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, conspiring to breach that law and making false statements.

“The law prohibits the exportation of goods to Iran and certain goods to China,” George Venizelos, assistant director of the FBI, said in a statement yesterday. “Whether motivated by greed or otherwise, these defendants allegedly violated the law.”

Gromacki, a U.S. citizen, pleaded not guilty and was released on bond yesterday, according to Bharara’s office.

Hamid Reza Hashemi, 52, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, is accused of working with co-defendant Murat Taskiran of Turkey, to have carbon fiber sent to his company in Tehran in 2008. Hashemi faces two counts of violating the IEEPA and one count of conspiracy.

Airport Arrest

Hashemi, who was arrested Dec. 1 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, pleaded not guilty Dec. 4 and is being held without bail. Taskiran isn’t in custody, Bharara’s office said.

Iranian Amir Abbas Tamimi, 40, was accused of trying to export helicopter parts from the U.S. to Iran through South Korea last year. He was arrested at JFK Airport as he tried to enter the country in October and arraigned at that time in Manhattan. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The cases include U.S. v. Henry, 12cr902, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan). U.S. v. Gromacki, 12-cr-302, and U.S. v. Hashemi, 12-cr-804, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (White Plains) and U.S. v. Tamimi, 12-cr-615, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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