3rd Circ. Backs 4-Year Sentence For Engineer's Trade Scam

Law360, New York (May 13, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit on Friday affirmed a four-year prison term for Iranian-American chemical engineer Ali Amirnazmi for false statements, bank fraud and violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, upholding the constitutionality of the trade sanctions law.

Amirnazmi was sentenced in January 2010 to four years in prison and five years of supervised release for fraud and conspiracy in connection with illegal payments to Iranian businesses and institutions. He is currently incarcerated in federal prison in Pennsylvania.

Amirnazmi challenged the constitutionality of the trade sanctions...
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