Seattle man sentenced for violating U.S. embargo against Iran

WASHINGTON – A federal judge sentenced a Seattle man to 2½ years in prison for providing training and technical support for sophisticated computer equipment illegally exported to Iran, in violation of U.S. sanctions.

John Alexander Talley, 42, of Seattle, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew of Florida. The court also sentenced Talley’s company, Tallyho Peripherals Inc. and Enterprise Solutions Systems, to one year of probation.

Talley and Tallyho pleaded guilty on Sept. 18, 2013.

According to court documents, from 2009 to about September 2012, Talley and his company conspired with others, including Mohammed Reza “Ray” Hajian, to unlawfully export sophisticated computer equipment from the United States to Iran, and to provide computer information technology support services for the equipment, all in violation of the U.S. embargo.

Talley’s role was to provide training and computer IT support to ensure that the computer equipment operated in Iran, according to court records.

In an effort to conceal their activities, the conspirators caused shipments of computers and related equipment, as well as the payments for them, to travel to and from the United States and Iran through the United Arab Emirates. Payments for Talley’s support services were also wired through the UAE, court documents say.