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China Company Charged in U.S. With Iran Sanctions Crimes

Shandong Sheenrun Electronics Co. broke international sanctions on Iran by shipping infrared cameras to the country, the U.S. said in an indictment unsealed today in Washington federal court.

Sheenrun officials arranged to send 15 U.S.-made cameras to Iran via China in mid-2011 after signing a contract for 49,500 euros ($67,285) with a company in Tehran, according to the indictment.

A Sheenrun official was instructed to replace “U.S. Export Controlled” stickers with “Made in China” labels and to represent that the cameras were made by a Chinese company before shipping them to Iran, according to the indictment. Changxi Shi, Sheenrun’s director of overseas sales, signed a contract that falsely declared the end user of the cameras was Sheenrun, the government said.

Sheenrun, based in Jinan, China, didn’t have licenses from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control required to export goods to Iran, according to the indictment.

The U.S. charged the company, Changxi Shi and a second official, Shuguo Xiao, with conspiracy and sanctions violations.

James Hibey, of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, who represents the individual defendants, declined to comment on the indictment.

The case is U.S. v. Shandong Sheenrun Electronics, 14-cr-89, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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