Reno Gazette Journal:
A federal grand jury has charged a 74-year-old Southern Nevada man with conspiracy to violate the United State's embargo on Iran after he allegedly sold Russian-made tank helmets to someone in the Middle East's second largest country.
The three-count indictment charges Richard Lant, of Las Vegas, and Dariush Niknia, 56, from California's Elk Grove, with engaging in prohibited trade-related transactions with Iran, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.
The USA Today Network made several unsuccessful attempts to reach both Lant and Niknia by telephone for comment.
Between May and October 2015, according to the indictment, Niknia and Lant conspired to unlawfully sell and supply 500 Russian-made tank helmets to Niknia’s contact in Tehran, Iran.
Niknia contacted Lant, who operated R&L Ltd., a company that sold Russian items, according to the indictment, and requested to purchase a Tehran-bound shipment of 500 helmets. Niknia initially paid Lant's company for two sample tank helmets and shipment from Russia to Iran.
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