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Federal jury in Maryland convicts man of exporting American industrial products to Iran

A Maryland man has been convicted on charges of exporting American manufactured industrial products to Iran.

Prosecutors said Monday that a federal grand jury convicted 34-year-old Ali Saboonchi of Parkville after a two-week trial.

Saboonchi conspired with others to export products to Iran in violation of a U.S. trade embargo. Prosecutors say the goods included stainless steel filter elements, which are used primarily in the oil and gas industry, as well as liquid pumps and valves and other industrial parts.

Saboonchi faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiracy and on each of seven additional counts for illegal export to an embargoed country. Sentencing was set for Feb. 2. Telephone messages for attorneys representing Saboonchi were not immediately returned.

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