Mehmet Hakan Atilla, 47, was convicted of bank fraud and four counts of conspiracy. He faces up to 105 years in federal prison.
But Atilla, a deputy general manager at Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank, was a side player in an international drama unfolding between the United States and Turkey that began with the arrest of Atilla’s former co-defendant. Reza Zarrab, a Turkish gold trader, was jailed in March 2016 while visiting the U.S. on suspicion of orchestrating an scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
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