Iranian UN mission consultant charged with evading sanctions

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NEW YORK (AP) — A consultant to Iran's United Nations mission accused of circumventing U.S. sanctions against Iran has been arrested in New York on tax and money laundering charges.

The indictment against Ahmad Sheikhzadeh was unsealed Wednesday. He has been released on $3 million bail.

The indictment charges Sheikhzadeh with helping two co-conspirators in the United States violate sanctions against Iran by pursuing investments in the Middle East country.

Sheikhzadeh's attorney, Steve Zissou, said his client is a "patriotic American." He says Sheikhzadeh's work at the Iranian Mission to the United Nations was consistent with his lifelong goal of "building a bridge of friendship between the United States and Iran so that the two countries might live in peace and harmony."

Iran's U.N. mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.