A federal court in Los Angeles has issued a warrant for the arrest of an Orange County exporter who failed to return this week from his native Iran for sentencing in the United States.
U.S. District Judge Harry L. Hupp on Monday also set a hearing for Dec. 21 to determine if the three homes used to secure Reza (Ray) Panjtan Amiri's $200,000 bond should be forfeited. The properties were put up by Amiri's friends and relatives, Assistant U.S. Atty. Patricia Beaman said.
Amiri, 44, owner of the now-defunct Ray Amiri Computer Consultants in Newport Beach, admitted selling restricted electronics equipment to Iran. He pleaded guilty on March 30 to five counts of making false statements in connection with the illegal exports of technology to Iran, Beaman said Tuesday.
Amiri did not appear Monday for his sentencing, the second no-show--he was initially scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 14. Mark E. Beck, Amiri's Los Angeles attorney, said that his client has "repeatedly" applied in the past month to leave Iran but that Iranian authorities have refused to let him go.