Texans arrested in Iran funds investigation

December 22, 2010 6:54:52 AM PST
A McAllen doctor and his attorney wife are free on bond after being charged with secretly sending more than $1.8 million to Iran in funds meant for a children's charity. Dr. Hossein Lahiji and Najmeh Vahid, who practices law in San Antonio, are charged with violating the U.S. trade embargo on Iran.

Both were arrested Tuesday by the FBI in San Antonio, after being named last week in a federal indictment in Portland, Ore. They are charged with conspiring to defraud the government and conspiring to launder money. The San Antonio Express-News reports the two were released on unsecured bonds and face arraignment Jan. 4 in Portland.

Both deny the allegations. Lahiji, who's a urologist, told the Express-News that the indictment places them in certain geographic areas when they were elsewhere.