Saturday, November 06, 2004

Ohio doctor charged with sending cash to Iran

Ohio doctor charged with sending cash to Iran: "Ohio doctor charged with sending cash to Iran
Friday, November 05, 2004
An Ohio gynecologist who opened the Fostoria Women's Clinic 29 years ago has been indicted on charges of laundering money and illegally transmitting money to Iran.
What the money - up to $4 million - was used for is unclear.

Dr. Mohammad Anvari-Hamedani, 70, was picked up Wednesday at the clinic and taken to the Lucas County Jail. He could not be reached Thursday.
Among other things, investigators said Anvari-Hamedani moved large amounts of cash through hawala, an ancient and informal Muslim banking system used to transfer money. The underground network has been used by terrorists, but also by immigrants who send money to relatives in their homelands.
If convicted, he faces hundreds of years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. "

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