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Pensacola man indicted for trying to sell equipment to Iran

By: - July 22, 2019 1:38 pm
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A federal grand jury has indicted a Pensacola man for “conspiring” to sell power generation equipment to Iran – a violation of America’s sanctions against the country.

The man, James P. Meharg, 59, is accused of “conspiring to sell and export power generating equipment to a recipient in Iran, and concealing the scheme, as well as having payments routed to him via another foreign country,” the office of Lawrence Keefe, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced Monday.

Meharg, 59, is CEO and president of Turbine Resources International, LLC., the release says.

The indictment says Meharg worked with people in the United Kingdom on the deal, which happened between October 1, 2017, to June 12, 2019.

“On April 25, 2018, the indictment alleges, Meharg sent an invoice for $500,000 to a conspirator in the United Kingdom and received two partial payments of $124,950 each, on May 7 and May 24, 2018, at least one of which was routed through a company in Dubai,” the release says.

“For decades, American presidents have declared the government of Iran to be a threat to our national security and thereby imposed sanctions, and this office is deeply committed to protecting the integrity of the United States in all ways,” UY.S. Attorney Keefe said in a written statement.

A National Security Cyber Specialist, Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg, is prosecuting the case. The Department of Commerce and the Federal Bureau of Investigation did the investigation.

Meharg faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the charges related to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and money laundering, and he faces up to 5 years in prison for each of the charges on conspiracy and filing false paperwork.

A trial date has been set for September 3, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at Pensacola’s federal courthouse.

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Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

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