A former interrogator for
Tehran's Revolutionary Court has lost his U.S. citizenship and been sentenced to
nearly three years in prison after being convicted of a laundry list of
Seyed Mahmood Mousavi,
49, of Diamond Bar-located in Los Angeles-was convicted last spring of six
felony counts-illegally obtaining U.S. citizenship, lying to federal
investigators, filing false tax returns, impeding the administration of a tax
and two counts of violating the U.S. trade embargo.
could have gone to prison for 61 years. He was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months
in prison, fined $12,500 and had his U.S. citizenship revoked.
According to prosecutors, the case dates back to 2002, when Mousavi contracted
with Al-Mal Kuwait Co. to provide consulting services in support of the
company's bid for a mobile communication license in Iran and to establish a bank
and leasing company there. Both activities are prohibited by the U.S. trade
embargo against Iran, Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
In addition to
violating the trade embargo, Mousavi made more than $45,000 that year, but
failed to report it on his 2002 federal tax return. In 2003 and 2004, Mousavi
earned $500,000 from his caravan travel business, but again failed to report it
on his personal or business tax returns, Mrozek said.
Mousavi was also
found guilty of lying to U.S immigration officials in 1998 because he withheld
the fact that he had served in the Iranian military and also failed to inform
authorities that he was a member of numerous organizations in Iran, including
serving as an interrogator in the Tehran Revolutionary Court.
Attorney Susan J. DeWitt, who prosecuted the case, said the revocation of
citizenship is expected to be appealed by Mousavi.
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