USA v. Kassir, Nasreddine Ali
[SDFL] Lebanese-born Ali Nasreddine Kassir, a naturalized U.S. citizen, imported counterfeit goods like iPhone and Samsung knockoffs from Hong Kong and shipped them to Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. Authorities believe Ciudad del Este's currency-exchange houses collaborate with contraband smugglers, drug traffickers and other criminals in money-laundering schemes — including some that financially support the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hezbollah. Kassir, who pleaded guilty in November to conspiring to commit money laundering along with passport fraud, was sentenced to two years in prison. Kassir has not been linked to Hezbollah, but his case was investigated by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in South Florida.