[Dr. Dhafir’s charges are similar to Dr. Anvari-Hamedani and yet Dhafir was sentenced to 22 years and Anvari-Hamedani to 2 months–to be served at weekends.]
AP Beacon Journal 11/25/06

TOLEDO – A physician who admitted that he sent $4 million to his native Iran over four years was sentenced to 60 days in a community jail and ordered to pay $1.15 million in fines and forfeitures, officials said.

Dr. Mohammad Anvari-Hamedani, 72, of Fostoria had pleaded guilty in April to 36 counts of money laundering, making illegal money transfers to Iran and tax evasion.

The United States has a trade embargo against Iran and bars new investments from people in the United States.

U.S. District Judge James Carr sentenced Anvari-Hamedani to the two-month confinement as well as three years on probation and 500 hours of community service. He must pay a $500,000 fine and a $650,000 forfeiture to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Carr departed from normal sentencing guidelines of about three to nearly four years in prison because of Anvari-Hamedani’s age and because he suffers from a blood disease.

The judge said Anvari-Hamedani may complete his jail time on weekends so that he can continue practicing medicine.

Full article: Akron Beacon Journal