McALLEN — A federal jury in Oregon convicted a local urologist and his wife Thursday of laundering $1.8 million to Iran, violating U.S. sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation, court records say.
Dr. Hossein Lahiji and his wife, attorney Najmeh Vahid Lahiji, were convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit money laundering during a federal trial that ended Thursday in a Portland, Ore., federal courtroom.
The guilty verdict came after more than two days of deliberations in the 13-day trial. The husband and wife each face up to 20 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine at a sentencing hearing set for Nov. 19.
A 26-page indictment filed in 2010 named the couple as recipients of federal tax exemptions for their donations to a Portland-based nonprofit that channels aid to other charities in Iran.
Lahiji, 50, and his 36-year-old wife made more