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Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Exports to Pakistan

On June 2, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut announced that Imran Khan, of North Haven, Connecticut, pleaded guilty to one count of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.  Court documents and statements show that from at least 2012 to December 2016, Khan and others participated in a scheme to purchase goods controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and illegally exported those goods to Pakistan without a license.  When asked about the end-user for the products, Khan allegedly made false statements to U.S. manufacturers that the products would remain in the U.S.

Once the purchased products were shipped to Khan’s North Haven residence or his North Haven business, he allegedly then shipped the products to Pakistan on behalf of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, the Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, or the National Institute of Lasers & Optronics.  Each of these entities is listed on the U.S. Department of Commerce Entity List.  Khan did not obtain a license to export any item to the designated entities even though he knew an export license was required, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office statement.

Khan is scheduled to be sentenced on August 25, 2017 and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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Gwen Green, Holland Hart, international trade attorney, corporate compliance law
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Gwen Green is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office where she concentrates her practice on international trade and regulatory compliance matters that facilitate clients' efficient trade with and from the U.S. Gwen advises clients how to develop and implement corporate compliance programs in the areas of U.S. export controls, U.S. economic sanctions, anti-boycott regulations, foreign investment in the U.S., and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She also assists clients with due diligence investigations, audits, and risk assessments.

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