USA v. Ardakani. Hossein Hatefi, et ano.
Washington, DC

Agent of Iran

[DDC] On Dec. 19, 2023, the Justice Department unsealed an indictment charging Iranian national Hossein Hatefi Ardakani and co-defendant Gary Lam, who worked for a Chinese company, with crimes related to the procurement of U.S.-manufactured dual-use microelectronics for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Self Sufficiency Jihad Organization's (ASF SSJO) one-way attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program. Concurrent with this unsealing, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Ardakani and Lam, whom OFAC identified as Lin Jinghe in its October designation, as well as two other individuals and 10 entities involved in the procurement network used by Ardakani in support of Iran's production of UAVs.