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Iranian National Charged In Scheme to Evade US Sanctions

A woman in the US has admitted her role in a scheme to illegally smuggle millions of dollars’ worth of aircraft parts from the United States to Iran, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Joyce Eliabachus, a/k/a “Joyce Marie Gundran Manangan,” 52, of Morristown, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to […]

US Woman “Helped Smuggle” Aircraft Parts to Iran

US Prosecutors say a New Jersey woman was involved in an international ring that smuggled more than $2 million worth of aircraft components from the United States to Iran in violation of export control laws. According to a statement from the US Department of Justice: A Morristown, New Jersey, woman appeared in federal court today […]

Iran moves to stamp out Corruption in Customs

By Bijan Khajehpour, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran moves to stamp out Corruption Opportunities in Customs Government officials and investors all agree that Iran needs to improve its business climate to attract the needed investment for job creation. One of the phenomena that can […]

Huge Iran-UK Immigration Ring Busted

By John Lee. Police in Spain have reportedly broken up a large immigration ring that smuggled Iranians as young as five into the United Kingdom. According to BBC News, the gang allegedly supplied fake Spanish passports to Iranian nationals so they could fly into the UK. Europol said the group charged migrants about €25,000 (£22,500) […]

Iran the “Main Source” of Fake Clothing Accessories

By John Lee. The European Union (EU) has said that Iran is the main source country for fake clothing accessories. New figures released by the European Commission today show that customs authorities detained more than 41 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU’s external border in 2016. The goods had a total value of […]

Iran Struggles to address Smuggling in Kurdish Areas

By Fazel Hawramy for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian authorities are struggling to address smuggling in border areas, and particularly the Kurdish region, where local economies are in tatters after decades of government neglect and discriminatory policies. Thousands of Kurds carry illegal goods […]

Iran Breaks Major Silver-Smuggling Ring

Iran’s Police have smashed a huge ring smuggling silver products in the northeastern city of Mashhad, arresting three ringleaders, an official said. Police launched an operation to arrest the smugglers in the city of Mashhad on Saturday after months of intelligence activities, Qassem Khorshidi, spokesperson for the headquarters against goods and currency smuggling told Tasnim. […]

Heavy Fines for Illegal Moneychangers

By John Lee. Financial Tribune reports that many illegal bureaux de change in Iran have received heavy fines. The director general for banking regulations, licensing and anti-money laundering at the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), Abdolmahdi Arjomandnejad, said: “The authorities have taken legal measures against those who fail to obtain licenses for their currency exchange […]

Police Overwhelmed as Drugs from Iran flood Basra

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In the oil-rich city of Basra in southern Iraq, drug-trafficking gangs are gaining power. Through certain areas on the Iraqi-Iranian border, drugs come in from Iran to be consumed in Basra […]

PKK “planning to Sell Oil trough Iran”

By John Lee. BasNews reports that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is planning to extract crude oil in the border areas it controls in the Kurdistan Region and transport it to Iran by truck. According to some local sources, a PKK team is building a new 5-km road across the border areas of Kurdistan Region […]

The Downfall of two Iranian Tycoons

By Rohollah Faghihi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Iranian tycoons Babak Zanjani and Reza Zarrab are now both finding themselves in dire straits. Zanjani, one of the most well-known magnates in Iran, has been sentenced to death for allegedly not paying […]

Smugglers in Iran make $20B a Year

The head of the Campaign against Smuggling of Goods and Foreign Currency, Habibollah Haqiqi, has said that smugglers in Iran earn over $20 billion a year. IRNA also quotes him as saying that their actions prevent the creation of two million jobs in the country. Haqiqi accused the smugglers of illegally importing bring poor quality […]