Amazon under federal investigation over Iran-linked sales, including to person on terrorism list

Under federal investigation for possibly violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, Amazon has admitted to selling consumer goods to at least one person on the government’s black list of people and entities associated with terrorism.

In its quarterly financial report filed July 28, the Seattle e-commerce giant revealed that it had sold about $300 worth of consumer goods to someone designated under Executive Order 13224, which covers people and entities believed to be terrorists or supporters of terrorism. A February regulatory filing from Amazon noted another sale or group of sales to a person covered under that counter-terrorism order, amounting to $1,300. It was unclear whether that customer was the same as the person mentioned in the latest filing, or whether the person or people named in the executive order are linked to Iran.

Amazon’s July 28 filing outlines other, higher-value sales that may have violated the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act or other U.S. sanctions and export-control laws. The company said the Commerce and Treasury departments are investigating the Iran-linked sales and those to the person or people named in the executive order, and may impose penalties against the firm.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but said in its filings that it planned to “cooperate fully” with federal investigators.

The firm’s July 28 disclosure said that between January 2012 and June 2017, Amazon sold “consumer products” valued at about $24,700 to an Iranian embassy in an undisclosed country, along with about $8,100 in goods to people who may have bought them on behalf of five Iranian embassies. Another $600 in products were sold to people that may have bought them for three entities owned or controlled by the Iranian government.

In the February filing, and another in April, Amazon had revealed additional sales possibly violating sanctions against Iran, including another approximately $6,000 in goods sold to six Iranian embassies, plus about $2,400 in products sold between 2012 and 2016 to an entity owned or controlled by Tehran.

According to Amazon, the goods referred to in the filings included “books, other media, apparel, home and kitchen, jewelry, office, toys, health and beauty, consumer electronics, lawn and patio, automotive, and musical instruments.”

The company said it was unable to accurately calculate the profit it made from the transactions.

However, Amazon suggested it was finished with the problematic Iran-linked customers. “We do not plan to continue selling to these accounts in the future,” the company said in its filings.

“Our review is ongoing and we are enhancing our processes designed to identify transactions associated with individuals and entities covered by the (Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act).”

 

 

Photo: An Amazon worker gets ready to scan items before stowing them in a portable storage unit to be carried away by an Amazon Robotics robot at the Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy in April 2016. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

 

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  • Ben Gazi

    Stop selling beef jerky to Japanese girls. Can’t stand their breath.

    • Mind_is_Matter

      Oh Baby Japan!

    • 4444

      japanese dont brush their teeth

  • Ben Gazi
  • libertyanyday

    obama flew in 400 billion in gold bullion, us currency………….and not a single indictment.

    • Lbt

      Million, but still despicable.

      • Wilddog

        Why? It was their money.

        • CommonSenseIMO

          ^ Trump hating, Democrat excusing, Iran sympathizer apparently.

          • The Duke

            Was it their money or not? Don’t let facts get in the way of your irrational hatred of a country that hasn’t done anything to you.

          • CommonSenseIMO

            Whose money it was is not the point, making excuses for the idiot giving it back to them on the way out the door, in secret because he knew it was not right, is. If you are not concerned about the government of Iran you are naïve….or Iranian. They have done plenty and will do more. I am hoping they don’t but I am also hoping that Trump is the one to knock them back if they do. Finally.

          • Wilddog

            You got one out of three correct. I do hate the orange buffoon.

          • CommonSenseIMO

            And that is the whole reason for turning your head over Iran. Just because you hate the current President.

          • Wilddog

            Good enough for me.

  • Mark Anthony Taylor

    Meanwhile UK government lets Deutsche Bank and Barclays launder gold for Qatar.
    Check out shyreman.com for the dirt on the UK judiciary.

  • Jim Christian

    Jail him. I despise that ugly little troll Bezos.

    • Wilddog

      Not near as much as I despise the orange buffoon trump.

      • toondog

        For me it’s the brown buffoon and his tranny life mate. Thank god most of his 8 years are being erased.

  • i_Phoned

    “Alexa!”
    “What time is it in Washington D C?”

    • Cyber Jesus

      lol

  • look_later223

    It is SOOOOO totally obvious that Amazon along with the rest of these Silicon Valley companies are totally against the American way of life. They hate white people, especially white men. They fight, tooth and nail to bypass the laws of the land, so they can gain wealth. They hate American white men that want to raise a family and have a life outside of work. They want single foreign slave labor that they can put up in a barracks and work until they drop. They don’t care, in the least bit, about the people who built this nation. All they care about is padding their own pockets and to he*l with America.

    Hollywood is SOOOOOO last year!!!!!

    • Tracy Shotwell McGee

      True they never mention SOROS OWNS a chunk of Amazon so those who purchase from Amazon are donating to the new world order. NEVER AMAZON.

  • Cyber Jesus

    I thought Liberals were against these Gigantic Corporations. What happened, why the old switcheroo again like on their Homey, Comey. lol

  • Cyber Jesus

    Alexa, can you fix me some of God’s Sunday Mornin’ Bacon? NO, that does not compute. Alexa, you worthless POS!

  • Wilddog

    You could take all the money they made in this article and throw it into the pond of all amazons other money and it would not make a surface ripple. Fake news.

    • toondog

      “at a certain point you’ve made enough money” With democrats, hypocrisy is second only their lies.

    • CommonSenseIMO

      It has nothing to do with the money made rather that the sale was done in the first place. The money is insignificant. Amazon would be fined and could be done for if they refuse to follow the rules.

    • NWCentral

      I think Amazon was seeing if they could sell to Iran without consequences. Under Obama he would have.

  • way2confused

    And the takedown of Bezos begins. Insignificant, but a start

  • Someone In Need

    Look, they are just spending the 11.9 billion Obama gave them. Thank God they are putting some of it back in the US Economy.

  • AfroCOONApe

    Trump getting Bezos now

    • Areminder

      Before bezos and the globalists get him?

  • toondog

    The Washington Post will report this as PROOF of collusion with terrorist. Hmmmm….oh yea. Never mind.

  • Anon ymous

    Sooo…..I guess Toyota is immune for sales to ISIS on brand new Tundra’s for the last 5 years?

    • CommonSenseIMO

      Toyota is not a US based company and ISIS is not a country. If Japan wants to levy that on them then yes, no new sales to those countries. Or whatever Japanese law dictates.

    • FEDUP

      Are you a robot or an imbedded chip? You act like one.

  • Anon ymous

    Is Amazon supposed to do back ground checks now? This is really stupid and a waste of taxpayer money. Bezos is Greedy, yes, BUT he is actually helping the US economy by putting an Amazon warehouse in almost every city, for not only himself, but employment purposes as well. Be careful what you wish for people, as this will now mandate back ground checks just to have an Amazon account. Who is next, Netflix, because some Terrorist somewhere watched “Orange is the New Black”?

    • Bill Falkner

      Umm, guess you missed the memo about how Bezo’s will replace most of his human employees with robots. And that’s helping the US economy? LOL!
      https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2017/06/01/amazon-has-2-new-ways-to-replace-human-workers/22121250/

    • CommonSenseIMO

      Yes, as a matter of fact they ARE supposed to do them. If a company is going to do international business then they are required to follow any trade restrictions that are put on them. That is how it works and its the cost of doing business.

      • The Duke

        I thought Trump wanted to reduce regulations to unshackle American businesses. I guess that was just campaign rhetoric.

        • Rob G

          There you go thinking again that was your first mistake

        • CommonSenseIMO

          Don’t be silly. Doing business with Iran should be severely restrained, much like NK. Much like the Soviet Union was.

    • FEDUP

      Amazon is too big for their britches. They need to be taken down a notch or two. How many businesses have they destroyed with marketing scheme that put more and more small businesses ou of business. Amazon is Anaconda like. Eat everythng in their path.

      • Jimmy Ventura

        This is a good argument, but has nothing to do with sanctioning the sale of toilet paper to Iran.

  • Bill Falkner

    This ‘Pig’ of a company wants to put robots before humans and sponsors Liberalism and Terrorism. Now you know why I don’t shop there 🙂

    • The Duke

      Amazon is awful, they try to make money for their stockholders. I prefer patriotic companies that lose money like Enron.

      • cowboybob

        Amazon is not a friend of Israel.

      • toondog

        I remember Enron. Back when nobody had the balls to call out fake journalists. They tried smearing Bush with Enron, but they had a cozier relationship with Bill Clinton. Go figure.

    • rpseeley .

      Geez. If I believed that I wouldn’t shop there either. But I do shop there.

  • Shirley LeGitte

    Gosh, what a coincidence….just when the Bezos-owned Washington Post is putting the full court press on the Trump Administration, all of a sudden, Amazon gets in trouble, for selling “consumer products” to terrorists…

    • dave0987✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

      Don’t cry, just enjoy 8 years of making America great again!

      • The Duke

        Yes, America is great when the Feds go after successful American companies.

        • Brian9999

          Like the Clinton Foundation. That was a once-profitable venture!

          • The Duke

            The Clinton foundation was peddling political influence. I don’t call that a business, I call that government for profit.

          • rpseeley .

            I know. A once-profitable non-profit venture.

        • toondog

          Obama doctrine; “reward your friends and punish your enemies”. It’s wrong, but I want some pay back! I will only vote for like minded people until we’re even. This may take a while.

        • dave0987✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

          When “successful” starts to get too big and powerful for its own good and crosses the laws then that’s what needs to happen yes.

      • Jimmy Ventura

        Hope we will not be involved in more wars, which finally may hit our mainland even if we win at the end.

        • cowboybob

          Are you anti Israeli?

        • dave0987✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

          I hear you…

      • Areminder

        Better Pray the Deep State Doesn’t Assassinate Him first.

        • dave0987✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

          True, but then we get to play Patriots vs. liberals on a national level and finally get this all sorted out once and for all in the inevitable eventual civil war.

        • rpseeley .

          We’ll keep you in mind now that you’ve said that.

    • cowboybob

      Amazon helps Israel’s enemies.

    • Areminder

      Wonder if the ‘Other media’ and ‘Consumer electronics’ included the phones needed to detonate their IEDs?

    • rpseeley .

      Ya reckon?

  • Tracy Shotwell McGee

    Not to mention SOROS owns at least 33% of the stock at Amazon. Helping the economy while turning our county into a third world country is NOT WHAT TRUE generational Americans want.

    • scot

      Not to mention Jeff Bezos owner of Amazon bought the Washington Post and has a contract with the CIA for $600,000,000.00 and has used the once storied WAPO platform to spread lies and disinformation for the deep state to take down a sitting President. There should be sedition and treason charges against Bezos when all is said and done.

      • rpseeley .

        BS

        • scot

          Please tell me what I posted that is BS, I think you need to turn off the indoctrinating corrupt legacy media and find out whats really been going on. Bill Clintons Telecommunications act of 1996 brought media ownership from over 200 separate owners down to only 6 who have shut out all opposition to their brainwashing BS. I bet you thought Hilary had a 95% chance of winning on November 7th like the “News” told you didn’t you, you’ve been nothing but a useful Idiot to these people. Wake up!

    • ars2nd

      I don’t like Soros, but he doesn’t own at least 33% of Amazon. Bezos owns about 17% and Vanguard Mutuals Funds hold about 5%. Nobody else holds as much as 5%. I have no idea what the rest of your post means.

  • Jimmy Ventura

    Why waste time on stupid sanctions.
    Hit where it bites.

  • lyt

    Bezos a traitor? Say it ain’t so. lol

    • The Duke

      No he is not a traitor, this is a which hunt by the Feds. Amazon is a business, they should not be obligated to vet every one of their customers. I believe in free markets and free trade unlike right wing socialists like yourself.

      • toondog

        “this is a which hunt by the Feds.”

        which hunt is a witch hunt?
        AND are there Russian midgets involved?

      • toondog

        “this is a which hunt by the Feds.”

        which hunt is a witch hunt?
        AND are there Russian midgets involved?

      • Jeffrey Gee

        Like a sand-which hunt?

    • rpseeley .

      It ain’t so.

  • The Duke

    If Iran is our enemy, they sure aren’t acting like it. They immediately released American military members who were captured in their waters. They are fulfilling their end of the nuclear deal despite the US violating the terms of the deal by reinstating sanctions. They have not committed any act of terrorism despite the US shooting down one of their civilian airliners in 1988. But the militaristic morons are convinced that Iran is bad because reasons.

    • Rob G

      Released men they should have never captured in the first place. They are the leading sponsor of terrorism in the world and they are violating their agreement by testing ICBMs.

      • Areminder

        And it wasn’t an accident that our Navy just had to fire warning shots across the bow of one of their ships to get them to back off.

      • Areminder

        And it wasn’t an accident that our Navy just had to fire warning shots across the bow of one of their ships to get them to back off.

    • Snidely70448

      The Iranians supplied shaped charges to Iranian-backed Shia militias that were used to kill coalition service members in Iraq. It is the most active state sponsor of terrorism in the world.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_and_state-sponsored_terrorism

    • I’m A Cereal Killer

      You haven’t got the sense God gave a last year’s bird nest if you believe that bullsheyet!

    • Christopher

      No acts of terrorism? I suggest you spend a couple of hours googling that subject. Start with the 1979 storming of the US embassy where they held hostages for over a year.

  • Brian9999

    Bezos and Soros at it again!

    • rpseeley .

      I can’t believe that anyone with half a brain would put those two in the same sentence.

  • cowboybob

    AMAZON is anti Israeli. The Tribe will make an example out of them.

  • Areminder

    But…but…but, I thought Amazon was THE chosen Global Corporation? Can they realy be asked to pay attention to those pesky little bugs called American Laws? -/sarc???

  • Areminder

    How often have you seen stories where ‘Consumer Electronics’ could be adapted to rig IEDs? ‘Home and Kitchen’ might include cleaning chemicals which can be mixed together to make explosives, and ‘other media’ could be used to get terrorist messaging through with a few strategically placed employees in their warehouses.

  • Gringo Bandit

    Hey Bezos, how about a little prison time?

  • ookie oh

    My idiot lib in-laws refuse to set foot in Walmart because the say it put small shops out of business, yet most everything they buy comes from Amazon. Makes no sense to me.

    • I’m A Cereal Killer

      Stupidity knows no bounds.

  • Ashley West

    The Global Fascist Jeff Bezos must be stopped.

  • Jim

    You morons said the same thing about Walmart they got to be stop.

    • Ken

      “You morons,” hey man, you don’t know anything about me.

      • rpseeley .

        He’s saying that people whom he labels as “You morons” said the same things about Walmart. Not about you personally, Ken.

        • Ken

          No, it’s personal.

  • Rich

    About half of you purchase comes from independent sellers, that basically use Amazon as their store front, warehouse and shipping company. The sellers would have no idea that what they sell will go to someone that is on a terrorist list. Also, it is so easy for anyone to establish fake identities, how would even Amazon know exactly who they are shipping stuff to?

    • Aleric

      Ive never bought a single thing from Amazon, who is nothing but a middle man for millions of independent business.

      • ars2nd

        What is your point? Your statement is shallow and incorrect. While almost every single store (brick and mortar or Internet based) is a “middleman” (that’s what sellers do), Amazon is also an innovator making products for sale just as Apple does. Most of their transactions are for items that they sell vs Marketplace fullfillments.
        They also make movies and tv shows and host cloud computing among many other things.

        • Aleric

          My point aszhole is that your statement is vapid and without merit. You
          assume you know me and my spending habits and yet it shows how wrong
          your ilk typically are. What does anything you stated have to do with
          the fact that I dont use Amazon and they are not as great as the article
          makes them out to be, they simply do a service most people could do
          without.

          • ars2nd

            “they simply do a service most people could do without.”
            Like Apple? Like Safeway? Like SW Airlines? Like BestBuy? Like Shriners’ Hospital? Like Macy’s?
            Of course I don’t know your spending habits (I suspect cheap beer, however) nor did I state anything that presumes I did. What is my ilk? I was merely addressing your statement that Amazon is merely a middle man. They are much more. They will influence your life whether you shop there or not.

          • Aleric

            And I called Bullshyt on your assessment of me and your cheap attempt to paint me as a redneck. I smell Liberal Millennial on you or at the least just a douche with a scent of sea breeze. I am better read and have more life experiences than most people so keep trying. Dark Ales and good cigars are my preference. I like how you throw out another presumption and then claim you dont do it. HYPOCRITE.

          • ars2nd

            Let’s go back to my original post. “Your post was shallow and incorrect.” You said that Amazon was no more than a middle man. I pointed out that your post was ridiculous as Amazon is so much more.
            You then complained that I presumed to know about you, yet nothing in my post suggested that. Perhaps you confused me with another poster. Due to your simplistic replies, I admitted that I “suspect cheap beer” was your preference. It was a suspicion, not an accusation.
            You suspect that I am a liberal millennial! Born in 1951, my kids are older than millennials! And I have voted in every election since turning 21, and I have only supported Conservatives.
            While I share your preference for good cigars (Gurkhas, CAOs, Montecristos, and the occasional Dunhill), I prefer a single malt for accompaniment, except when I am on the golf course.

            So, I think we are not that much different, except that I recognize the planet changing impact that Amazon represents.

      • Daniel Staggers

        Therefore you refuse to do business with millions of companies? That’s your answer? I at least hope you stopped watching the NFL.

        • Aleric

          Never watched the NFL or any other corporate funded sports program. If you are trying to classify me by normal standards, then you are wrong.

    • rpseeley .

      Good point. Thanks.

  • President Nimrod

    Just another democrat donor breaking the law!

  • Aleric

    Lets see if Sessons who talked big actually does something about it.

  • Ken

    Bezoz colluded with the Iranians

    • rpseeley .

      BS

  • ars2nd

    This is an Internal Controls issue. While the amounts are insignificant to Amazon’s financials, the breach is an important reflection on their internal controls. It appears that they violated the law which could have significant reputational consequences even though any fines would be immaterial.

  • Snidely70448

    Good Grief! At a guess, the company filled orders that were sneaked into the system using false names. Iran uses a non-Roman alphabet and transliterations can be problematic. The Boston Bombers escaped FBI notice through a problematic transliteration from the Cyrillic alphabet.

  • Americaweeps

    Yet Obama walks around a free man!

    • nifty

      True…just like there is one health care for the common people and one for the aristocrats the laws against doing business with Iran exclude paying hundreds of millions in bribes whereas if Muhammad wants an echo…Bezos must go to prison.

      • Jimmy

        To be more exact: both need to go to prison, each for their crimes respectivly !

    • Carl Mertz

      Bull-Sh!t doesn’t despot easy.

      • rpseeley .

        What?

    • rpseeley .

      Exactly!

  • I’m A Cereal Killer

    Put libterd Bezos in GITMO!

  • rpseeley .

    They’re f’ing BILLIONAIRES. Why in the world would they do that? It’s senseless!

  • Jljlmjlmn_Prprsprst

    Asian countries for Asians.

    Black countries for Blacks.

    but White countries for everybody?

    That’s genocide.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White

  • Daniel Staggers

    Oh gosh, we got caught. Won’t do it again?

  • getthemlibsout

    well, when your quest is to be richer than God…

  • mrhuehls

    Well, Bezos got caught being stupid. Maybe that will shorten him up by a few hundred million dollars. It is not hard to add those names to an exclusion list filter in the order processing software. They should also delete the user account.

  • mrhuehls

    Well, Bezos got caught being stupid. Maybe that will shorten him up by a few hundred million dollars. It is not hard to add those names to an exclusion list filter in the order processing software. They should also delete the user account.

  • Snailmailtrucker

    While I have no love for Amazon AT ALL…
    How come no one went after GE when they were Dealing with Iran during Sanctions ?
    (he did have Obama’s Blessings (even tho they were Muslim blessing and don’t mean-Shit!)

  • usafrn

    In the era of greed, self-service, dishonesty and arrogance….No…Not surprised at all. The
    question now is…do we have a government, agencies, investigators and judges who will
    enforce our laws or accept bribes.

  • Jimmy

    Amazon said was not able to calculate the profit made off these transactions… Laughable, guys com’on ! What I don’t understand is why they don’t arrest that Bezos idiot ! It seems that certain people are above the law ! That makes me the lowest on the chai food very assured about how good our law enforcing system actually work !
    Let’s keep making exception for this people like Sanders, Hillary and Bezos etc…

  • zeph

    Bezos is a traitor and this is just the tip of the iceberg. He owns the seditious Washington Post and leverages his globalist politics with business. The fact he keeps company with pedophiles should tell you everything you need to know. There is a LOT of cleaning up to do. Even the name Amazon was stolen by an earlier existing business who couldn’t afford to fight him. Crooked from the very beginning!

  • I’m A Cereal Killer

    Bezos will enjoy his fellow rump rangers in the pen!

  • Jeffrey Gee

    LOL it’s all about the profit no matter what the cost!

 
 
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