Wanted by the FBI: Up to $3 Million Reward for Hossein Ahmad Larijani


November 20, 2018

The U.S. government is offering a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of an Iranian national who allegedly illegally acquired technology used in roadside bombs against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq from 2008 through 2010.


Audio Transcript

Mollie Halpern: The U.S. government is offering a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of an Iranian national who allegedly illegally acquired technology used in roadside bombs against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq from 2008 through 2010.

Hossein Ahmad Larijani used middlemen and front companies in Southeast Asia to procure technology from a Minnesota manufacturer and funnel it into Iran, in violation of U.S. laws.

FBI Special Agent Dean Scheidler says investigators traced the supply chain, which led them to Larijani.

Dean Scheidler: We know that they made it to the battlefield in Iraq and that they were in unexploded IEDs. And we know that IEDs were the single largest threat to U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq, and they accounted for something on the order of 60 percent of all casualties and deaths in Iraq.

Halpern: The effort to bring charges against Larijani took several years and involved many countries and agencies.

Scheidler: U.S. law enforcement has a long memory and a large reach internationally. And for cases like this, where conduct threatened military forces, we're going to go to great lengths to try and bring those people to justice.

Halpern: If you’re located outside of the U.S. and have information, report tips to your nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or online at tips.fbi.gov.

To report tips from inside the U.S., dial 1-800-CALL-FBI.

With Wanted by the FBI, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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