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OFAC's 2020 enforcement actions show that companies (A) cannot contract away their sanctions compliance obligations, (B) should rapidly update their compliance programs in response to changes in the law, (C) implement common sanctions controls, (D) be proactive when dealing with sanctions issues, (E) implement checks and balances to stop staff from overruling controls, and (F) haste makes waste In light of OFAC's enforcement actions, companies in all industries should take care to ensure that their businesses comply with U.S. sanctions. Companies (particularly those in high-risk industries) should ensure that they have implemented a rigorous compliance program that emphasizes management commitments, risk assessments, internal controls, testing and auditing, and training Of the 932 enforcement actions published by OFAC since 2003, the sanctions programs targeting these two countries have by far been violated the most, with a total of 413 violations of the Cuban regime and 238 violations of Iranian sanctions, respectively

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  1. In 2020, OFAC issued 17 enforcement actions with a total of $23.6 million in penalties, compared to the 30 enforcement actions with almost $1.3 billion in penalties in 2019
  2. OFAC's Numbers. For 2020, OFAC reported 16 enforcement actions with a total of $24 million in penalties. This is a drop from 2019 when OFAC reported 26 enforcement actions along with almost $1.3 billion in penalties
  3. The vast majority, over 70 percent of enforcement actions announced by OFAC in 2018 and 2019 targeted non-financial institutions. This trend continues into 2020 with the agency's three enforcement actions to date targeting a lobbying firm, a maritime shipping company and a service provider for the civilian air transportation industry
  4. OFAC Enforcement Action: UniControl, Inc pays $216,464 By eric9to5 on March 16, 2021 • ( Leave a comment) 21 non-egregious, voluntarily self-reported apparent violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations makes the base penalty $343,595 (total good shipped twice that - $687,189)
  5. OFAC has also begun to spell out, in enforcement actions, the elements of sanctions compliance programs it imposes on violators (and, presumably, would consider a benchmark for other companies). AppliChem : On February 14, 2019, OFAC assessed a penalty of over $5.5 million against AppliChem GmbH, [1] a German manufacturer of chemicals and reagents
  6. OFAC's analysis under General Factor I involves a review of whether there have been other enforcement actions taken by federal, state, or local agencies against the Subject Person for the apparent violation or other similar violations. In our case, the company had not been the subject of any prior law enforcement investigations or proceedings

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Since 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published 62 enforcement actions with associated fines including 60 settlements and 2 penalties. Our analytical report on OFAC enforcement actions (2017-2020) provides: The breakdown per sector and breached sanctions program OFAC Enforcement Actions: Trends and Analysis. Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018. Time: 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM EST (New York), 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM GMT (London), 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM CET (Amsterdam) Register Online ($195) In its role as the U.S. sanctions enforcer, the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has recently doled out a number of hefty.

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OFAC Enforcement Actions Highlight Risks To Software Providers & MSBs. On April 29, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced two settlements of potential civil liability with two companies over their apparent violations of its regulations And OFAC's lessons to be learned: This enforcement action underscores: the applicability of U.S. sanctions to certain foreign-based entities; the importance of incorporating sanctions exclusionary clauses to mitigate potential sanctions violations; and the significance of maintaining robust internal controls and training practices designed to identify and prevent potential sanctions violations before they occur Control (OFAC) has announced settlements of enforcement actions for apparent violations of multiple U.S. sanctions programs with two digital asset companies, Palo Alto-based BitGo, Inc. (BitGo) and Atlanta-based BitPay, Inc. (BitPay). The settlements represent OFAC's first enforcement actions targeting digital asse ACAMS: The latest on sanctions, enforcement actions & emerging trends. Tad Simons October 15, 2020. Topics: ACAMS, Compliance, Financial Crime, Financial Institutions, Fraud, Government Fraud, Government Regulation, Money Laundering One of the most powerful agencies in the United States' international fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and money laundering is the U.S. Treasury's. We expect future enforcement actions against digital assets companies that fail to heed the warnings OFAC has articulated in these settlements, and that these are likely to involve substantially.

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OFAC Enforcement Action Highlights Risk of Indirect Sanctions Violations, Importance of Acting on Red Flags By John B. Reynolds , Jeanine P. McGuinness , Will Schisa & Britt Mosman on October 9, 201 OFAC Announces Second Enforcement Action Targeting a Digital Asset Company. By Brian Egan, Alan Cohn, Jack Hayes, Evan Abrams & Jack Ritossa on February 19, 2021. Posted in Sanctions Enforcement. On February 18, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets control (OFAC) announced a $507,375 settlement with BitPay, Inc OFAC's enforcement action against MoneyGram appears to be the agency's first public enforcement action involving transactions with US incarcerated blocked individuals

OFAC reported two new enforcement actions in the week between Christmas and New Year's. The two new enforcement actions are interesting examples of sanctions enforcement, one of which involved the first against a digital currency company. BitGo Settlement BitGo, Inc. a technology platform that provides digital asset wallet management, agreed to pay $98,830 to settle 183 apparent violations. The OFAC Kollmorgen Corporation settlement demonstrates that U.S. companies can be held liable for post-acquisition violations by their non-U.S. subsidiaries, even if the U.S. company performs extensive pre-acquisition sanctions-related diligence and does not have knowledge of the violations (see Paul, Weiss, In Unprecedented Move, OFAC Takes Enforcement Action Against U.S. Parent Company for.

OFAC Announces Second Enforcement Action Targeting a Digital Asset Company. On February 18, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets control (OFAC) announced a $507,375 settlement with BitPay, Inc. (BitPay). This civil settlement resolved apparent violations of multiple sanctions programs related to digital currency. On December 30, 2020, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets control (OFAC) announced a $98,380 settlement with BitGo, Inc. (BitGo). This civil settlement, regarding apparent violations of multiple sanctions programs related to digital currency transactions, is the first published OFAC enforcement action against a business in the blockchain industry OFAC's First Enforcement Actions Against Digital Currency Service Providers. Mar.08.2021. The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) recently announced settlements with two virtual currency service providers, Bit Pay, Inc. (Bit Pay) and BitGo, Inc. (BitGo), for alleged sanctions violations Note: Enforcement actions taken against federally chartered savings associations (thrifts) prior to July 21, 2011, are only available in the OTS Enforcement Order Archive (XLS). For information about the data fields used in this spreadsheet, refer to the Enforcement Order Listing Definitions (PDF).. To obtain a paper copy of an order, agreement, or directive, you may submit a request. The OCC prescribes regulations, conducts supervisory activities and, when necessary, takes enforcement actions to ensure that national banks have the necessary controls in place and provide the requisite notices to law enforcement to deter and detect money laundering, terrorist financing and other criminal acts and the misuse of our nation's financial institutions

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OFAC treats aviation as a high-risk industry and strongly advises implementing effective, thorough, and on-going risk-based compliance measures for any aviation deals. We discussed OFAC's comprehensive guidance to risk-based sanctions compliance programs in OFAC Guidance and Recent Enforcement Actions: A Road Map for Compliance. This enforcement action is the third aviation-related release from OFAC in the last seven months. In particular, in July 2019, OFAC issued an Aviation Advisory to highlight for the civil aviation industry, including parties providing services to the industry, Iran's deceptive practices with respect to aviation matters

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OFAC's Recent Enforcement Actions Identify Key Trends and Offer Valuable Takeaways By: Matthew Graves, Richard Newcomb, Sean Croft The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) accelerated its enforcement Other enforcement action: other enforcement actions taken by federal, state, or local agencies against the Subject Person for the apparent violation or similar apparent violations, including whether the settlement of alleged violations of OFAC regulations is part of a comprehensive settlement with other federal, state, or local agencies

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OFAC's big bank enforcement actions have historically focused on global banks utilising wire stripping or other non-transparent payment methods to process transactions prohibited by U.S. sanctions through the U.S. financial system. 10 The April 2019 UniCredit Group (UniCredit) resolution with OFAC, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the New York County District Attorney. Home > OFAC's First Enforcement Actions Against Digital Currency Service Providers OFAC's First Enforcement Actions Against Digital Currency Service Providers. By Caroline Brown, Michelle Ann Gitlitz, Carlton Greene, Dj Wolff, Jorge Pesok & Nicole Succar on March 8, 2021 Enforcement actions targeting nonfinancial institutions have accounted for all but two of the settlements announced in 2017, as well as nearly all of the civil penalties collected by OFAC this year OFAC's enforcement action against UniCredit Bank AG highlighted the bank's wilful intent to circumvent US sanctions, citing formal UniCredit Bank documents containing policies and procedures that instructed bank personnel to ensure payment structures were formatted in a way to hide the participation of OFAC-sanctioned parties

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Finally, OFAC has repeatedly pointed to the Framework in its enforcement actions, serving as a not-so-subtle hint that companies should be consulting OFAC's Framework when designing or. OFAC Penalties Increasing Exponentially, Especially in Recent Times. Though the total number of OFAC enforcement actions per year has been on a steady decline since 2008, the actual amount OFAC imposes as a penalty or to be paid as part of a settlement has risen sharply. From 2003 to 2008, penalties ranged within the thousands of U.S. dollars

OFAC Enforcement Action Underscores Russia Sectoral Sanctions U.S. Levies First SSI-Related Penalty. by Michael Volkov. May 2, 2019. in Compliance, Featured. Michael Volkov details the settlement between the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) and Haverly Systems, which was found to be in violation of federal sanctions framework for its enforcement actions and the Cuban Penalty Schedule as a framework for the imposition of civil monetary penalties for the violations of the CACR described therein. On January 12, 2006, OFAC published, as an interim final rule, Economic Sanctions Enforcement

OFAC Enforcement Action: UniControl, Inc pays $216,464

Essentra FZE resolved OFAC's civil enforcement action by signing a ten-page settlement agreement. The terms of the settlement tracked guidance set out in OFAC's 2019 Framework for Compliance Commitments, with sections about management commitment, risk assessment, internal controls, testing and auditing, and training Here then are the mistakes of others, accidental or otherwise, behind most OFAC violations: No sanctions compliance program. Incredible but true. After nearly 70 years of OFAC regulations, numerous enforcement actions still involve companies with no formal sanctions compliance program

OFAC Enforcement Trends. October 1, 2016. Since the beginning of August, there have been three publicly released enforcement actions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including two within the same week In the past few months, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets and Control (OFAC) has announced settlements of enforcement actions for apparent violations of multiple U.S. sanctions programs with two digital asset companies, Palo Alto-based BitGo, Inc. (BitGo) and Atlanta-based BitPay, Inc. (BitPay) Prior OFAC enforcement actions generally imposed penalties at the corporate level. Individuals previously have entered into settlement agreements involving the payment of civil penalties concurrently with their company or have pled to criminal violations for willfully engaging in sanctions violations Enforcement Actions from BIS, OFAC, and DOJ. By Jeffrey L. Snyder & Edward Goetz on July 10, 2017. Posted in Enforcement, Export Controls, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS 7 OFAC's enforcement action against MoneyGram appears to be the agency's first public enforcement action involving transactions with US incarcerated blocked individuals. The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances

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OFAC's Recent Enforcement Actions Identify Key Trends and Offer Valuable Takeaways IN BRIEF. The first quarter of 2019 saw an uptick in the number of the Office of Foreign Asset Control's enforcement... Training and Oversight at Foreign Subsidiaries Is Critical. Recent resolutions reflect the. The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced enforcement actions in five matters: Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings, Ltd., Navigators Insurance Company, Production Products, Inc., Blue Robin, Inc., Great Plains Stainless Co

OFAC's recent enforcement action against MoneyGram underscores organizations' need for robust screening to ensure AML compliance and prevent sanctions violations. MoneyGram, a global payments service, has settled with OFAC for $34,329 for 359 sanctions programs violations. According to OFAC, the. On December 30, 2020, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets control (OFAC) announced a $98,380 settlement with BitGo, Inc. (BitGo). This civil settlement, regarding apparent violations of multiple sanctions programs related to digital currency transactions, is the first published OFAC enforcement action against a business in the blockchain industry OFAC Issues Guidance on Sanctions Compliance Programs and Flags Root Causes Underlying Prior Enforcement Actions On May 2, 2019, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued guidance entitled A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments (the Framework), that strongly encourage

Takeaways from OFAC Enforcement Actions to Date in 2020 covering enforcement actions up to May of 2020). Although enforcement actions are down in numbers compared to last year, those that have been published, however, are noteworthy nonetheless. The following are four key takeaways from the enforcement activity The importance of automated sanctions screening and IP blocking for companies doing business over the internet or in cloud-based services is reflected in recent enforcement actions by OFAC, including the July 2020 OFAC press release regarding settlement agreement with Amazon OFAC has previously brought enforcement actions against individuals only in rare instances. Outside of the civil enforcement context, OFAC earlier this year took the unprecedented step of concurrently designating a foreign sanctions evader and announcing a related settlement with a U.S. company OFAC Enforcement Actions. OFAC announced 13 settlements and findings of violation in the Review Period. Below are a few observations and takeaways from these cases: Failing to self-disclose generally results in substantially higher penalties and less favorable treatment by OFAC Enforcement Risk Is Increasing OFAC has taken a flurry of actions in 2019 which underscore its focus on compliance program enhancement. As of May 1, 2019, OFAC has issued 12 enforcement actions and settlement agreements totaling over $10 million in penalties, not including the nine-figure settlements for banks Standard Chartered and UniCredit

These actions signal that OFAC and the DOJ may be adopting a broader approach to sanctions enforcement. The Underlying Conduct Between September 2018 and December 2018, Essentra received three wire transfers for payments totaling approximately $333,272 in its bank accounts at the Dubai, U.A.E. branch of a U.S. financial institution OFAC's sanctions coincide with actions taken by the U.S. Department of State publicly designating Peevski and Zhelyazkov, among others, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act OFAC's enforcement action against MasterCard highlights the significant US Government interests in remaining informed about blocked property and having access to the full value of blocked funds. This may take on particular significance as the US Government unblocks certain funds as part of its implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement

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SEC and OFAC Take Crypto Enforcement Actions, FCA Extends AML Exemption. By: Keith R. Murphy. The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed suit against five individuals, alleging that they raised more than $2 billion from retail investors through their promotion of a global, unregistered digital asset securities offering OFAC Settles With Crypto Custodian; Enforcement Actions in UK, Italy, Iran By: Joanna F. Wasick Last week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it entered into a $98,830 settlement with BitGo Inc., a California-based technology company that offers noncustodial cryptocurrency wallet management services From June through mid-September of 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published six settlements of apparent sanctions violations (Check out our previous Four Key Takeaways from OFAC Enforcement Actions to Date in 2020 covering enforcement actions up to May of 2020). Although enforcement actions are down in numbers compared to last year, those.

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OFAC's recent enforcement trends reinforce the need for all U.S. persons to ensure they understand the risks and requirements of OFAC. First, the recent enforcement trend towards enforcement actions against non-financial services companies may be a deliberate shift in priorities for OFAC They are part of a trend of increased OFAC enforcement 1 and OFAC's communication of its compliance expectations through civil enforcement actions (which reinforce the guidance OFAC provided in its 2019 Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments (Framework)) Author Alison J. Stafford Powell. Ms Stafford Powell advises on all aspects of outbound trade compliance, including compliance planning, risk assessments, licensing, regulatory interpretations, voluntary disclosures, enforcement actions, internal investigations and audits, mergers and acquisitions and other cross-border activities OFAC Enforcement Action: Do You Know What Your Subsidiaries Are Doing? On February 14, 2019, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it had assessed a civil monetary penalty of over $5.5 million dollars against AppliChem GmbH (AppliChem) of Darmstadt, Germany (a company that manufactures chemicals and reagents for the. Third, OFAC announced its first enforcement action against a US digital currency company, BitGo Inc. OFAC found that BitGo had used customer IP address data to track customers for security purposes but failed to use this information to ensure sanctions compliance regarding a customer's country of domicile

Advisories. CBP and ICE, with the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), issued the North Korea Sanctions and Enforcement Actions Advisory: Risks for Businesses with Supply Chain Links to North Korea on July 23, 2018. The advisory informs the trade of North Korea's evasion tactics, compliance risks and requirements, as well. You can view the enforcement actions for this month by clicking on the enforcement action number. You may also submit a request electronically to obtain copies through the OCC's online FOIA site, https://foia-pal.occ.gov/ or by writing to the Comptroller of the Currency, Communications Division, Suite 3E-218, Washington, DC 20219 Enforcement Actions for Failure to Register as a Money Services Business If you are unable to download a copy of an enforcement action from FinCEN's Web site, you may request that a paper copy be mailed to you by: (i) an e-mail: frc@FinCEN.gov; (ii) a fax request to FinCEN's fax number at 202-354-6411; or (iii) a call to FinCEN's Regulatory Helpline at 1-800-949-2732

Action Date. Action. February 4, 2021. Department of Financial Services Issues Agreement with Hunt Mortgage Corporation October 21, 2020. Department of Financial Services Issues Consent Order to Goldman Sachs Group and Goldman Sachs Bank USA. October 20, 202 Here then are the mistakes of others, accidental or otherwise, behind most OFAC violations: No sanctions compliance program. Incredible but true. After nearly 70 years of OFAC regulations, numerous enforcement actions still involve companies with no formal sanctions compliance program. OFAC regulations don't require companies to adopt a. Two related enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Compliance (OFAC) are stark reminders that health insurance providers (and other insurers) must maintain adequate U.S. trade sanctions compliance programs, including conducting screening of customers and others enforcement action by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Federal and state financial institution regulators also take enforcement actions against financial institutions for violations of federal laws, including sanctions law. OFAC also takes actions under the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) (40 Stat. 411

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On its website, OFAC has published summary descriptions of over 900 enforcement actions undertaken against individuals and corporate entities from 2003-2015.Importantly,most OFAC enforcement actions did not result involve prosecutions or admissions of guilt by the entities that allegedly violated U.S. sanctions OFAC collected approximately $1.28 billion (yes, with a B) in 26 separate enforcement actions. That is quite an increase over 2018 when OFAC collected $71 million in 7 separate enforcement actions The enforcement action was written in the standard 'enforcement style' where not all of the facts are stated, but they did state that Barracuda acted with reckless disregard for sanctions requirements by: (a) permitting distributors and resellers to sell its products and updates to SDNs and to customers in sanctioned countries when it knew or had reason to know that the products were. OFAC's recent enforcement action against MoneyGram underscores organizations' need for robust screening to ensure AML compliance and prevent sanctions violations. MoneyGram, a global payments service, has settled with OFAC for $34,329 for 359 sanctions programs violations. According to OFAC, the. The 2019 enforcement numbers are the highest in a decade, if not longer, surpassing 2014's $1.2 billion in fines across 22 public enforcement actions. The graphs below provide a helpful visualization of OFAC's extraordinarily busy 2019. OFAC's designation statistics are equally impressive, although more difficult to comparatively assess

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