Just weeks after rumors began to surface that Amazon might soon find itself in the government’s crosshairs over antitrust concerns, the megacorp is now under federal investigation for potentially selling goods to persons and entities on the government’s terrorism list.
In a quarterly financial report completed on July 28, Amazon revealed that between January 2012 and June 2017, it has “processed and delivered orders of consumer products for certain individuals and entities located outside Iran covered by the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (‘ITRA’).”
At the center of the matter are $24,700 worth of goods that were sold to an Iranian embassy in another country, as well as $8,100 worth of goods that were sold to people with ties to five Iranian embassies located in other nations outside Iran, the report indicates.
Perhaps most damning is the $300 in goods that went to a person who was named under Executive Order 13224, which expressly prohibits the funding of terrorists and those linked to terror groups.
While Amazon has yet declined to comment on the latest investigation, the company announced that it would stop selling to those accounts in the future and would cooperate with federal investigators to identify those customers who are banned under the ITRA so that the appropriate penalties can be levied.
The illicit purchases include innocuous items like “books, other media, apparel, home and kitchen, jewelry, office, toys, health and beauty, consumer electronics, lawn and patio, automotive, and musical instruments.” Amazon claims that it cannot determine exactly how much it profited from those sales.