The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security said Netherlands-based aerospace services provider Fokker Services has agreed to pay a $10.5 million civil fine in connection with illegal exports and re-exports of aircraft parts, technology, and services to Iran and Sudan.
Both countries are subject to U.S. sanctions, including Commerce Department export licensing requirements.
The settlement was reached as part of a global settlement involving the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.
BIS has charged Fokker Services with 253 separate violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including for the export or re-export of items controlled for national security, missile technology and anti-terrorism purposes. The charges include transactions involving Iranian military end-users and violations of the terms of a temporary denial order in force at the time against Iran Air.
The charges result from an investigation by BIS’ Office of Export Enforcement, along with the FBI, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and Homeland Security Investigations, that uncovered numerous violations that occurred between 2005 and 2010.
“The investigation found that Fokker Services systematically engaged in activity to avoid detection by U.S. investigators by taking steps to conceal the ultimate destination of the transactions,” BIS said.