Colleague of Ali Sadr charged with lying to the FBI

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A colleague of the owner of Pilatus Bank, Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, has been charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and with bank fraud in the USA, a report says.

According to a report on Kharon Brief, Bahram Karimi was charged with bank fraud and making false statements relating to his alleged role in a scheme to move USD 115 million through the U.S. financial system over a housing project in Venezuela. Karimi, originally from Iran, is now living in Canada.

Bahram Karimi concealed the role of Iranian parties in the U.S. dollar payments and lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents last month when they questioned him, prosecutors said. The payments relate to an infrastructure project involving the construction of thousands of housing units in Venezuela, according to prosecutors. 

Karimi, who was a member of the executive committee overseeing the project told investigators he didn’t believe during the course of the project that sanctions against Iran applied to Iranian companies, prosecutors said.

The project was led by Stratus Group. The charges against Karimi are an outgrowth of the U.S. case against Ali Sadr who controlled Stratus along with his family and was indicted in 2018 for his role in the same project. Sadr was also a member of the executive committee, alongside Karimi.

In September it was reported that former Pilatus Bank chairman and owner Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad wants GPS ankle bracelet removed and his curfew extended until midnight. Hashemi Nejad stands charge with money laundering and violating US sanctions.

Court appointed experts did not examine the emails of any of the senior management team at Pilatus Bank.

Forensic accountants at Harbinson Forensics were tasked to analyse any digital information which was seized during the inquiry. This included digital information which was seized during the inquiries into Willerby and Hillman led by Magistrates Natasha Galea Sciberras and Josette Demicoli respectively.

This information was made publicly available after Dr Adrian Delia, leader of the Partit Nazzjonalista published the full report of the Egrant Inquiry some thirty hours after he obtained a copy of the report following a long legal battle.