Presidential Commutations of Sentences: Obama 16 January 2016

Arash Ghahreman
Offense: Conspiracy to export to embargoed country, 50 U.S.C. §§ 1702 & 1705 and 31 C.F.R. § 560; conspiracy to smuggle goods from the United States, 18 U.S.C. §§ 371 and 554; attempted export to embargoed country, aiding and abetting, 50 U.S.C. §§ 1702 & 1705; 31 C.F.R § 560.203 & 560.204; and 18 U.S.C. § 2; smuggling of goods from the United States, aiding and abetting, 18 U.S.C. §§ 554 & 2; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(h) & (a)(2)(A); laundering of monetary instruments, aiding and abetting (two counts), 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(a)(2)(A) & 2
District/Date: Southern District of California; August 27, 2015
Sentence: 78 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release; seven hundred dollar ($700.00) special assessment
Terms of grant: Sentence of imprisonment commuted to time served; term of supervised release commuted in its entirety; and remission of any unpaid balance of the special assessment, conditioned upon the following terms: 1) the commutation recipient shall waive and release any and all claims, demands, rights, and causes of action of whatsoever kind and nature against the United States of America, its agents, servants, and employees, including any actions challenging his conviction or sentence; and 2) the commutation recipient shall not accept or otherwise receive any financial benefit, directly or indirectly, in any manner or amount, from any book, movie, or other publication or production, in any form or media, about his situation.

Nader Modanlo
Offense: Conspiracy to defraud the United States and to violate International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 981(a)(1)(C), 982, & 3292 and 28 U.S.C. § 2461; violation of the International Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. § 1705(b) and C.F.R. § 560.204; 18 U.S.C. §§ 2, 981(a)(1)(C), 982, and 3292; and 28 U.S.C. § 2461; violation of the International Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. § 1705(b) and C.F.R. § 560.206; 18 U.S.C. §§ 2, 981(a)(1)(C), 982, & 3292; and 28 U.S.C. § 2461; money laundering; 18 U.S.C. §§ 2, 981(a)(1)(C), 982, 1956(a)(2)(A), & 3292 and 28 U.S.C. § 2461; money laundering (five counts), 18 U.S.C. §§ 2, 981(a)(1)(C), 982, 1957(a), & 3292 and 28 U.S.C. § 2461; obstruction of bankruptcy proceedings, 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2)
District/Date: District of Maryland; December 20, 2013
Sentence: 96 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release; one thousand dollar ($1,000.00) special assessment; order of forfeiture in the amount of ten million dollars ($10,000,000.00)
Terms of grant: Sentence of imprisonment commuted to time served; term of supervised release commuted in its entirety; full order requiring forfeiture of ten million dollars ($10,000,000.00) also commuted; and remission of any unpaid balance of the special assessment, conditioned upon the following terms: 1) the commutation recipient shall waive and release any and all claims, demands, rights, and causes of action of whatsoever kind and nature against the United States of America, its agents, servants, and employees, including any actions challenging his convictions or sentence to include the order of forfeiture; and 2) the commutation recipient shall not accept or otherwise receive any financial benefit, directly or indirectly, in any manner or amount, from any book, movie, or other publication or production, in any form or media, about his situation.

Ali Saboonchi
Offense: Conspiracy to export to an embargoed country, 50 U.S.C. §§ 1702 & 1705 and 31 C.F.R. §§ 560.203–4; unlawful export to an embargoed country (seven counts), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1702 & 1705 and 31 C.F.R. §§ 560.203–4
District/Date: District of Maryland; February 2, 2015
Sentence: 24 months’ imprisonment; one year’s supervised release; eight hundred dollar ($800.00) special assessment
Terms of grant: Sentence of imprisonment commuted to time served; term of supervised release commuted in its entirety; and remission of any unpaid balance of the special assessment, conditioned upon the following terms: 1) the commutation recipient shall waive and release any and all claims, demands, rights, and causes of action of whatsoever kind and nature against the United States of America, its agents, servants, and employees, including any actions challenging his convictions or sentence; and 2) the commutation recipient shall not accept or otherwise receive any financial benefit, directly or indirectly, in any manner or amount, from any book, movie, or other publication or production, in any form or media, about his situation.

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE®

SOURCE: United States Department of Justice
CONTRIBUTOR: Eddy Toorall

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