Darus Zehrbach of Westover, West Virginia was recently sentenced to six months in prison for making false statements to a federal agent. Zehrbach applied for an OFAC license to export electric scooters to Iran, however, the license was denied. Despite the denial, Zehrbach exported the scooters from the United States to the United Arab Emirates. The scooters ultimately ended up in Iran.
Prosecutors say Zehrbach sent a letter to the U.S. Commerce Department stating that the export originated in China instead of in the United States. The moral of this story is “Honesty is the Best Policy,” especially when it comes to U.S. Federal Agents.
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Emmalie Armstrong is a Trade Compliance Consultant with Export Solutions – a firm specializing in U.S. import/export regulations.