Texans charged in Iran funds investigation

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A McAllen doctor and his attorney wife are free on bond after being charged with secretly sending more than $1.8 million to Iran in funds meant for a children's charity.

Dr. Hossein Lahiji and Najmeh Vahid are charged with violating the U.S. trade embargo on Iran.

The FBI arrested the couple Tuesday in San Antonio. The two were last week named in a federal indictment in Portland, Ore. They are charged with conspiring to defraud the government and conspiring to launder money.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the two were released on unsecured bonds and face arraignment Jan. 4 in Portland.

Both deny the allegations. Lahiji told the Express-News that the indictment places them in certain geographic areas when they were elsewhere.