March 6, 2018

Hamden, Meriden residents illegally exported goods to Pakistan

Two Connecticut residents have been convicted of unlawfully exporting goods to Pakistan's army and laundering the proceeds, authorities say.

Muhammad Ismail, 67, of Meriden, and his son, Kamran Khan, 38, of Hamden, pleaded guilty Monday to the charges in Bridgeport federal court, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

A second Ismail son, Imran Khan, 38, of Hamden, previously pleaded guilty to violating U.S. export laws. Both brothers are Pakistani citizens who are lawful permanent U.S. residents, authorities said

According to investigators, the trio bought goods on America's banned-export list that were ordered for use by Pakistan's military, then lied to U.S. manufacturers about their final destination. The trio never obtained an export license, authorities said. The banned items were not listed.

Free on bond, Ismail and Kamran Khan each face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Imran Khan is free on $100,000 bond pending sentencing.

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