An Iranian citizen who ran a financial services company for cyber criminals was convicted in the US after being arrested and extradited from the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, 33, was the managing director of Payment24.ir – an online platform that helped Iranian nationals conduct prohibited transactions, including buying computer software and servers.
According to NCA cybercrime investigators, the platform has already been used by international cyber criminals aiming to target the UK.
Shahidian was sentenced to prison plus two years' release in Minneapolis.
The FBI wanted Shahidian when NCA officials located him in London in November 2018.
He was monitored during his brief voyage during which he visited a number of tourist attractions, including the London Eye and Madame Tussauds.
He was arrested on November 11, 2018 by NCA officers along with the Met Police on Stern Street, Shepherd's Bush, on the property he was living on and later extradited to the United States.
Shahidian pleaded guilty to conducting financial transactions in violation of US sanctions against Iran.
Nigel Leary, Head of Operations for the National Cyber Crime Unit of the NCA, said: “The arrest and extradition of Mr. Shahidian in the UK and his subsequent prosecution in the US show again the successful cooperation of international law enforcement agencies to protect the US public from cyber and financial crime .
"The NCA and the FBI will continue to work closely to combat and disrupt serious and organized cyber criminals around the world."