OFAC Issues July Civil Penalty Report
On July 11, 2007, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued its monthly report of civil penalties imposed on companies and individuals for allegedly violating the sanctions regimes administered by OFAC.
OFAC's monthly report indicates that the agency settled three cases involving corporations and three cases against persons. The following is a summary of the settlements:
- LogicaCMG Inc. paid $220,000.00 to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations by a predecessor corporation, CMG Telecommunications, Inc. (CMG), occurring during 2001. OFAC alleged that CMG procured, assembled, and exported a computer system, as well as provided technical support for the system after export, with knowledge that the goods and services were ultimately destined for Cuba and that such exports to Cuba were prohibited. CMG did not have an OFAC license to engage in these transactions and CMG did not voluntarily disclose this matter to OFAC.
This is the third penalty imposed on CMG as a result of prohibited transactions with Cuba. As we previously reported, in May 2007 LogicaCMG, Inc. paid $99,000 to the Bureau of Industry and Security to settle allegations that CMG violated the Export Administration Regulations by making an unlicensed export of telecommunications equipment to Cuba via Panama.
In addition, in April 2007, LogicaCMG pled guilty in federal court for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act for the unlicensed reexport from Panama to Cuba and was ordered to pay a $50,000 criminal fine.
- Gibson Overseas, Inc. paid $1,357 to settle allegations of violations of the Iranian Transactions Regulations occurring during January 2006. OFAC alleged that Gibson used an Iranian vessel to ship goods from China to Dubai in violation of 31 C.F.R. § 560.206, which prohibits transactions or dealings in goods or services of Iranian origin. Gibson did not voluntarily disclose this matter to OFAC.
- American Bankers Life Assurance Company of Florida remitted $1,271.50 to settle allegations of violations of the Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions Regulations occurring between October – December 2003. OFAC alleged that the insurance company processed premium payments on insurance policies on the lives of two persons who are named as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers. ABLAC did not voluntarily disclose this matter to OFAC.
- One individual agreed to a settlement totaling $10,000 for alleged travel-related transactions incident to travel to Cuba. Specifically, OFAC alleged that from May through December 2002 the individual engaged in prohibited travel-related transactions, including the purchase of food and lodging in Cuba. The individual traveled to and from Cuba through a third country. (This is one the largest penalties imposed by OFAC on an individual for travel-related violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations.)
- Another individual agreed to pay $2,892.75 to settle charges of allegedly dealing in property in which Cuba or a Cuban national had an interest. OFAC alleged that in 2004, 2005 and 2006 the individual purchased Cuban-origin cigars on six separate occasions that were offered for sale on the Internet. The individual did not voluntarily disclose this matter to OFAC.
- An individual was assessed a penalty totaling $200.00 for making four payments in 2003 to purchase of Cuban-origin cigars offered for sale on the Internet. The individual did not voluntarily disclose this matter to OFAC.