Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

FLORIDA BUSINESSMAN RECEIVES 40 MONTHS FOR ATTEMPTING TO EXPORT A GAS TURBINE TO IRAN

James Meharg 


A US District Judge in the Northern District of Florida has sentenced a Pensacola executive to forty months in Federal Prison for attempting to export a large Solar Mars gas turbine, and parts and components, to Iran. James Meharg* was convicted of violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, and Federal Criminal law,  when he conspired to export and deliver a turbine core engine to Iran.

The defendant's plan was to route the turbine through Sharjah, UAE using falsified documents. The eqipment was later to be diverted to Iran. he received $250,000, in funds laundered through a front company in Dubai. The true end-user was an Iranian energy company, the Iran Oilfield Supply Kish Company.

Readers who require more detail may access the Factual Basis for Guilty Plea here. Meharg pled to Conspiracy, making False Statements, and Money Laundering. he could have received a maximum of 50 years for those offenses.

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*United States vs. Meharg, Case No.: 19cr71/MCR (NDFL).

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