The U.S. Department of Justice has charged five people in Singapore with fraud conspiracy and requested extradition of the five to the U.S. for trial in Washington, D.C. Explosive devices ordered by a company in Singapore from the U.S. were then shipped to Iran. They were later found in IEDs in Iraq.
The charged are Hossein Larijani, a resident of Iran believed to be in Iran, “Wong Yuh Lan, Lim Yong Nam, Lim Kow Seng and Hia Soo Gan Benson — for their alleged role in conspiring with Larijani to obtain the transmitters from the Minnesota wireless company Digi.”
Justice Department officials alleged in the indictment that the five individuals and four of their companies were part of a conspiracy to defraud the United States, exporting thousands of radio frequency modules to Iran, at least 16 of which were later found in unexploded improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq. [Authorities have no clue where the remaining modules are]
The charges “allege that the defendants conspired to defraud the United States and defeat our export controls by sending U.S.- origin components to Iran rather than to their stated final destination of Singapore. Ultimately, several of these components were found in unexploded improvised explosive devices in Iraq,” said Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco.
According to the indictment unsealed today, between August 2007 and February 2008 the transmitters were sent to Singapore and then sent to Iran by Larijani’s company, Opto Electronics Ltd. The indictment alleges that U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq recovered unexploded IEDs in Iraq in May 2008, December 2008, April 2009 and July 2010…
The indictment filed at U.S. District Court in Washington alleges that Ling Yong Nam’s company, NEL Electronics, and Lim Kow Seng and Hia Soo Gan Benson, from a firm called Corezing International, made false statements to Digi about obtaining 6,000 of the transmitters claiming they would be used for a “telecom project” in Singapore.
According to Digi’s website, the transmitters can carry signals as far as 40 miles away with specialized antennas. Calls to Digi asking about the case were not returned.
The Federal Crimes Blog says Larijani is 47 years old and owns Paya Electronics Complex in Iran, and Opto Electronics which is based in Singapore.