Turkish businessman in U.S. court over selling boat parts to Iran

A Turkish businessman arrested in Romania and extradited to the United States on charges of undermining U.S. sanctions on Iran has appeared in U.S. federal court, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal said.

Reşit Tavan is accused of importing outboard engines, boat generators and marine propulsion systems from the United States and re-exporting them to Iran where their final destination would be the Iranian navy.

His company, the Ramor Group, sent $312,000 to the U.S. companies who supplied the equipment, the indictment said.

“If convicted, Tavan faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine on the conspiracy count; up to 20 years and a $1,000,000 fine on each IEEPA (International Emergency Economic Powers Act) count; up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine on each smuggling count; and up to 20 years and a $500,000 fine on each money laundering count,” the indictment said.