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Computer Salesman Sentenced To 18 Months For Sales To Iran

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The owner of an electronic wholesale business has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for selling computers to Iran without obtaining licenses from the U.S. government.

Jeng Shih, a 54-year-old U.S.citizen, was sentenced in Washington federal court Friday along with his company, Sunrise Technologies and Trading Corporation of Queens,N.Y.The company got two years corporate probation and the two parties were ordered to forfeit $1.25 million.

Shih and his company admitted in plea agreements to sending computers from the United States through the United Arab Emiratesto hide their final destination in Iran.

The Justice Department said Shih and Sunrise sent 526 computers and related goods to Iran through Dubaiin April 2010, then later sent 185 computer-related goods on the same route.

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