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Business Owner Sentenced In Bridgeport Court For Scheme To Export Goods To Pakistan

District Court in Bridgeport.
District Court in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Google Maps

A man has been sentenced for his role in a four-year scheme with his family to purchase goods controlled under the Export Administration Regulations and exporting them to Pakistan for military uses.

Imran Khan, 44, of New Haven, was sentenced to three years of probation -  the first six of which must be served in home confinement - in Bridgeport Federal Court this week for violating export laws. 

He must also perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $3,000 fine, John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced on Wednesday.

According to court documents, between 2012 and December 2016, Khan and two family members engaged in a scheme to purchase the controlled goods and to export them, without a license, to Pakistan, in violation of Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Durham said that the three family members received orders from a Pakistani company that procured materials and equipment for the Pakistani military, requesting them to procure specific products that were subject to the EAR. 

When prompted by United States manufacturers about the end-user for a product, Khan and his family stated that it would remain stateside or completed a certification that indicated it would not be exported.

Once purchased, the products were shipped by the manufacturer to Khan and his family in Connecticut. 

They were then sent to Pakistan on behalf of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission or the National Institute of Lasers and Optronics, all of which are listed on the U.S. Department of Commerce Entity List. All of this was done without a license, which was required for such exports.

In June last year, Khan pleaded guilty to one count of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.  In pleading guilty, he specifically admitted that, between August 2012 and January 2013, he procured, received and exported to PAEC an Alpha Duo Spectrometer without a license to do so.

Khan’s father, Muhammad Ismail, and his brother, Kamran Khan, each pleaded guilty o one count of international money laundering, for causing funds to be transferred from Pakistan to the U.S. in connection with the export control violations. Both were sentenced to 18 months in prison. Each is also a citizen of Pakistan and lawful permanent resident of the United States.

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