Head of Iranian Charity Tied to Blacklisted Bank Arrested for Destroying ‘Evidence’

By Brian Monroe

The president of a New York-based charity under investigation for ties to a blacklisted Iranian bank was arrested Friday after allegedly trying to destroy evidentiary documents he was ordered to produce. State and federal investigators stated they are charging Farshid Jahedi, president of the Alavi Foundation, with obstruction of justice for allegedly ripping up and dumping documents in a public trash can that dealt with the foundation's relationship with Bank Melli, an Iranian institution sanctioned by the United States since October 2007. The FBI, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations and state attorneys for the Southern District of New York served...