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Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced a $660,594 settlement with Construction Specialties Inc, a Lebanon, New Jersey manufacturer and distributor of specialty architectural products.  CS has agreed to settle its potential civil liability for three apparent violations of OFAC sanctions on Iran that arose from its United Arab Emirates subsidiary’s, Construction Specialties, Middle East L.L.C. (“CSME”), exportation of U.S. origin goods to Iran.  

On August 16, 2023 the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published orders denying export privileges to the following four individuals:

Departing Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Kenneth Polite told Reuters the department’s enforcement pipeline has several more “global resolutions,” or large corporate settlements pending in coming months. Mr. Polite, who will be joining Sidley Austin in October after overseeing corporate resolutions such as Glencore, ABB, Danske, and Stericycle attributed the backlog to COVID related- delays.  Polite said to expect "much larger schemes and activities."

In remarks last week in Lexington, Kentucky,  Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson spoke to common concerns about the implementation of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) which requires certain U.S. and foreign companies to report to FinCEN information about their beneficial owners: "FinCEN is working around the clock to stand up this program in a way that allows you to understand your obligations, provides you the resources to meet them, and ensures the smallest possible burden on you.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated Riad Salameh, the former governor of Lebanon's central bank, and four of his close associates for corrupt and unlawful activities. Salameh allegedly used his position to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars through shell companies for personal enrichment, investing in European real estate. The sanctions do not extend to the Banque du Liban (BdL) or its U.S. correspondent bank relationships.

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is adding four Cyber surveillance entities to the Entity List under the destinations of Greece, Hungary, Ireland, and North Macedonia. The ERC determined to add the firms to the Entity List for "trafficking in cyber exploits used to gain access to information systems, thereby threatening the privacy and security of individuals and organizations worldwide."

A Russian citizen alleged to have ties with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) will face charges in a U.S. court today. The charges relate to conspiracy, money laundering, and participating in a …

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), declared the enforcement of financial penalties against two defense companies,  resolving alleged infractions of the antiboycott regulations of the …

At the CPB Green Trade Summit July 11, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy Miller discussed  how Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans to contribute to the Green …

A Washington State man recieved suspended punishment for export violations committed five years ago.  Jaeyoun Jung, of Puyallup faces a a two-year denial of his export privileges, suspended for a two-year probationary period, then waived, provided that Jung has not committed another violation, and has completed an export controls compliance training.

Along with sanctions on miners affiliated with th Wagner Group, the U.S. released a multiagency advisory on compliance concerns associated with the Gold Trade. Jointly issued by six Departments - State, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security, Labor, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the advisory had been delayed several days, along with the Wagner Sanctions, to allow the mutiny in Russia to sort itself out.

The Justice Department Friday announced the arrest of two individuals and the unsealing of three indictments in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York charging China-based companies and their employees with crimes related to fentanyl production, distribution, and sales resulting from precursor chemicals.

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Tuesday it has reached a $3.4 million settlement with Swedbank Latvia to settle its potential civil liability for 386 apparent violations of US …

The U.S. government is amplifying its efforts to curb the illegal trafficking of firearms into Mexico, according to remarks by Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco during the Southbound Firearms …

The Vietnamese government-owned company VTA Telecom Corporation (VTA) has been administratively debarred for violating the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), according to a public notice issued by the Department of State.  VTA Telecom Corporation was found to have exported or attempted to export ITAR-controlled defense articles, including hobby rocket motors, video trackers, and a gas turbine engine, without proper authorization.

A federal court unsealed charges against two Los Angeles residents Friday for their involvement in an alleged bribery scheme directed by the People's Republic of China (PRC), marking another chapter in the ongoing confrontation between the United States and China over transnational repression tactics.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco delivered remarks at the celebration of the International Criminal Police Organization's (INTERPOL) 100th anniversary, praising its "century of transnational …

Global research and advisory firm Gartner Inc. has agreed to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over charges alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA). The charges pertained to Gartner's business dealings with the South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), which allegedly involved corrupt practices to secure multi-million dollar contracts.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr., head of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) criminal division, reports an increase in corporate disclosures following the implementation of new incentives for self-reporting earlier this year.

In a flurry of activity by the recently established Disruptive Technology Strike Force, the Justice Department has publicized the indictment of individuals in five distinct cases, originating from five separate U.S. Attorney's offices. This marks the first enforcement actions taken by the Strike Force since its inception.

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