The State Department is offering a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of an Iranian national who used Minnesota manufactured equipment to help make bombs.
Hossein Ahmad Larijana is wanted for illegally procuring radio transceiver modules that were made in Minnesota, and were later used to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The Minnesota company hasn't been named, but the FBI says it was deceived into exporting some 6,000 of the radio modules to Singapore in 2007-08, before they were then illegally shipped to Iran.
The New York Times reported in 2011 that at least some of these modules were found in the remote controls of unexploded IEDs seized by American forces in Iraq.
Larijani, 55, who is believed to be living in the Iranian capital of Tehran and was indicted by a grand jury in 2010, orchestrated the scheme to dupe the Minnesota company into sending the modules.
One company in Iran, three companies in Singapore and four co-conspirators in Singapore assisted in the deception, with a Singapore company known as Corezing International ordering the modules from the Minnesota firm, claiming they would be used for a local telecommunications project.
Once they arrived in Singapore, they were smuggled by the aforementioned co-conspirators to Iran, where some of them found their way into bombs.
Three Singapore co-conspirators have been arrested, extradited to the U.S., pleaded guilty, served time in federal prison, and have since been deported back to Singapore.
The fourth co-conspirator remains at large in Singapore, as does Larijani in Iran.
Anyone with information about the case should call the FBI tip line on 1-800-CALL-FBI, or by visiting tips.fbi.gov.