LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A woman from Las Vegas has been indicted for violating trade restrictions with Iran.
Tina Chen, 47, owner of Top One Zone, LLC, Charged with Exprotating Electronic and Computer Components in Violation of International Emergency Economic Powers Law (IEEPA) and Iran’s Transactions and Sanctions Regulations .
Chen – who also uses the pseudonyms Ya When Chen, Wen Tina Chen, Tina Dunbar, and Tina Dubner – could face 20 years in prison and a $ 1 million fine if convicted.
A federal indictment alleges that Chen conspired with others to purchase and export goods from companies in the United States and then send those goods to individuals in Iran through companies in Hong Kong from approximately November 2015 to May 2019.
Authorities claim that Chen withheld the identities of end users and that she did not have a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury.
Chen is charged with one count of conspiracy to illegally export goods to Iran. The US Department of Justice announced the indictment in Washington DC
Chen appeared in court on Friday before Reno-based US Justice of the Peace Nancy J. Koppe. A jury trial is scheduled for July 26.
Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, Acting US Attorney Christopher Chiou for the Nevada District and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI made the announcement .
The FBI Las Vegas Field Office and Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Safety, Bureau of Export Enforcement are investigating the case.