In October of 2016, Ali Caby, Arash Caby and Marjan Caby were charged with exporting prohibited articles to Syria. Through their Miami-based company, AW-Tronics, LLC, the defendants allegedly devised a scheme to export dual-use goods with both civilian and military applications by listing the destination of the products as “USA” while then exporting the devices to their Bulgaria office where they were forwarded to Syrian Arab Airlines, an government-run airline allegedly transporting weapons and ammunition to Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Ali Caby, aka “Alex Caby”, Arash Caby, aka “Axel Caby”, and Marjan Caby plead guilty to conspiracy to (1) export goods from the United States to Syria without a license, in violation of Title 50, United States Code, Sections 1701-1 706, and Title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 746.9(a),. (2) export goods from the United States to Specially Designated National Syrian Arab Airlines without a license, in violation of Title 50, United States Code, Sections 1701-1706, and Title 31, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 594.204., and (3) defraud the United States government by interfering with and obstructing a lawful government function by deceit, craft, trickery, and dishonest means, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.
Owners and employees of AW-Tronics, LLC, a Florida-based independent distributor, have been arrested and charged with exporting prohibited articles to Syria and for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations by exporting dual-use goods. Dual-use goods are classified as articles that have both civilian and military applications.