WVa man gets prison for lying about Iran shipment
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to six months in prison for lying about a shipment that went to Iran.
Seventy-two-year-old Darus Zehrbach of Westover was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Clarksburg for making a false statement to a federal agent.
Prosecutors say Zechbach’s application for a license to export electric scooters to Iran was denied in February 2015 by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which administers U.S. economic and trade sanctions against foreign countries.
A year later, Zehrbach sent eight scooters to the United Arab Emirates that ended up in Iran. Prosecutors say Zehrbach admitted sending a letter to an agent of the U.S. Commerce Department stating a shipment he sent to Iran had originated in China when in fact it originated in the United States.