Federal Prosecutions for "Trading With the Enemy"
The federal government prohibits American companies from doing business with counterparts in certain enumerated countries. In some cases, all trade with that nation is off limits. In other cases, it is illegal to sell certain types of goods or equipment.
The Reed Law Firm, PLLC, represents companies investigated or indicted under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). We have been successful in proving that our clients did not directly or knowingly conduct transactions with a restricted nation.
Our legal team represents Texas-based businesses doing business overseas. Based in Harris County, we serve corporate clients in Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, the Brownsville/McAllen area and throughout South Texas. Contact us today to discuss formal IEEPA charges or a pre-indictment investigation for trading with the enemy.
Houston IEEPA Attorneys
If a U.S. contractor sells pipeline equipment to Iraq, for instance, that company will quickly find itself in hot water with the U.S. State Department. In reality, the contractor probably sold to an intermediary who sold the equipment to Iraq. We regularly represent owners of smaller oil and gas companies and other businesses who stumble into trouble because they don't know who they're doing business with.
Our experienced white collar crime defense lawyers work with federal investigators to convince them that our client did not intentionally violate the IEEPA and did not have knowledge that goods or money would end up in the restricted nation. Among countries currently under full or partial IEEPA restrictions: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Russia, Belarus and Myanmar.
Call our Houston office to talk to South Texas IEEPA violations attorney Eric Reed at 713-600-1800 for proactive intervention with federal authorities or sophisticated defense to avoid a conviction or civil forfeitures.