The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC): “Treasury Sanctions Significant Members Of MS-13”

June 5, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on June 5, 2013 released the following:

“Designation Targets Notorious Gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated six members of the notorious El Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, which targets transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and their supporters. Today’s actions, supported extensively by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), are part of the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts to target the leadership of global criminal organizations, including MS-13, that threaten innocent people and legitimate business around the world, including in the United States. In October 2012, MS-13 became the first transnational criminal street gang to be designated by Treasury as a TCO. MS-13 has been involved in serious criminal activity, in the United States and around the world, including human smuggling, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, kidnapping, murder, assassinations, racketeering, blackmail, extortion, and immigration offenses.

“MS-13 is an extremely violent and dangerous gang responsible for a multitude of crimes that directly threaten the welfare and security of U.S. citizens, as well as peoples throughout Central America,” said Adam Szubin, Director of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. “We will continue to target the leadership and financial networks supporting MS-13, and work with our law enforcement partners from across the United States and around the world to disrupt their criminal activities.”

“Today’s designation of six MS-13 leaders is the result of Homeland Security Investigation’s National Gang Unit and OFAC’s joint partnership to further strike at the financial heart of one of the most dangerous transnational criminal gangs in the world today,” said ICE Director John Morton. “This powerful tool will provide HSI and its local, state, federal and international law enforcement partners to further disrupt MS-13 financial networks and violent operations. “History has proven that we can successfully take down organized crime groups when we combine sophisticated investigative techniques with tough street level enforcement, cutting off cash flows, contraband and collaborators to ensure they no longer find safe haven in our communities.”

Today’s designations of six individuals working for or on behalf of MS-13 are designed to further disrupt the activities of MS-13 and to protect the U.S. and international financial system from abuse. As active members and leaders, these individuals are heavily involved in directing and participating in illicit activity, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, and murder. Borromeo Enrique Henriquez Solorzano, incarcerated in El Salvador, is widely regarded as the Central American leader of the group and frequently acts as the spokesperson for the MS-13 gang in El Salvador. Several other MS-13 leaders, including Marvin Geovanny Monterrosa Larios, Moises Humberto Rivera Luna, and Saul Antonio Turcios Angel, have been indicted in the United States for racketeering, murder, and other violent crimes. Moris Alexander Bercian Manchon has been involved in narcotics trafficking operations on behalf of the organization and Jose Misael Cisneros Rodriguez is both an MS-13 crime boss and a narcotics trafficker.

MS-13 consists of more than 30,000 members and operates in at least five countries, including the United States. It is one of the most dangerous criminal gangs in the world today. MS-13 promotes its illicit interests through murder, kidnapping, blackmail, extortion, and assassination, including carrying out numerous murders within the United States.

U.S. persons and businesses are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the individuals designated today, and any assets of those designees subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

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Identifiers

Name: Moris Alexander Bercian Manchon
AKA: “El Barney”
Date of Birth: October 30, 1984
Place of Birth: San Salvador, El Salvador
Nationality: Salvadoran

Name: Jose Misael Cisneros Rodriguez,
AKA: Jose Misal Cisneros
AKA: “Medio Millon”
AKA: “Half Million”
Date of Birth: October 2, 1976
Place of Birth: Agua Caliente, Chalatenango, El Salvador
Nationality: Salvadoran

Name: Marvin Geovanny Monterrosa-Larios
AKA: Marvin Jeovanny Monterrosa-Larios
AKA: “Enano”
Date of Birth: May 21, 1974
Place of Birth: San Miguel, San Miguel, El Salvador
Nationality: Salvadoran

Name: Moises Humberto Rivera-Luna,
AKA: “Santos”
AKA: “Viejo Santos”
Date of Birth: May 23, 1969
Place of Birth: San Salvador, El Salvador
Nationality: Salvadoran

Name: Saul Antonio Turcios Angel
AKA: “El Trece”
AKA: “Shayboys”
Date of Birth: May 17, 1978
Place of Birth: Zaragoza, La Libertad, El Salvador
Nationality: Salvadoran

Name: Borromeo Enrique Henriquez Solorzano
AKA: Racson Mario Rivera Arias
AKA: “El Diablo Pequeno”
AKA: “El Diablo”
AKA: “El Diablito”
AKA: “El Diablito De Hollywood”
Date of Birth: July 27, 1978
Place of Birth: San Salvador, El Salvador
Nationality: Salvadoran”

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“US Blocks Billions In Iran Assets in 2012”

May 30, 2013

The Wall Street Journal on May 29, 2013 released the following:

By Samuel Rubenfeld

“The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Tuesday in a report it issues annually that Washington’s sharply increased sanctions on Iran have led to nearly $2 billion dollars in blocked terrorist assets.

The Terrorist Assets Report, which is prepared by OFAC and delivered each year to key congressional committees, provides cumulative figures of the blocked assets of listed state sponsors of terrorism as well as entities or groups placed under sanctions.

More than $2.4 billion in assets relating to the U.S.-listed state sponsors of terrorism were identified by OFAC as of 2012, and sanctions blocked about $2.3 million of that.

Stepped-up sanctions on Iran led to the U.S. blocking more than $1.9 billion in Iranian assets as of Dec. 31, 2012, an increase of almost 3,500% over the $55.4 million figure posted at the end of 2011.

In a footnote, the report explains that “certain assets” noted in the 2011 edition of the report — but not included in the tabulation — were added to the main table under an executive order imposed in February 2012.

“These assets are subject to litigation and have been restrained by court order,” the footnote said.

The report said other countries listed as state sponsors of terrorism — Cuba, Sudan and Syria — had smaller changes in the amount of assets blocked by the U.S. An additional $8 million of Cuban assets were blocked during 2012, while only $4.7 million more Sudanese assets were blocked and $400,000 of Syrian assets were blocked.

Another $125 million in assets were listed separately as non-blocked assets of individuals and entities based in Iran and Syria, the report said.

OFAC also said in the report that the U.S. blocked a total of $21.8 million in assets tied to specially designated global terrorists, terrorists threatening the Middle East peace process and foreign terrorist organizations, up $717,000 since the end of 2011.

Some new groups’ names were added to the list in 2012, while a key one was removed.

Lashkar-E Jhangvi, Lashkar-Y Tayyiba and the Rajah Solaiman Movement were added to the Terrorist Assets Report because assets that appeared to link to them were blocked during the past year. Nevertheless, those assets seem negligible: The three groups combined had less than $12,000 blocked in 2012.

Meanwhile, Iranian group Mujahadeen-E Khalq, or MEK, was taken off the list for the 2012 report because the U.S. State Department removed them from its list of foreign terror organizations in September of that year.

The full Terrorist Assets Report is available here.”

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“US Sanctions Iranian Venezuelan Bi-National Bank”

May 10, 2013

Latin American Herald Tribune on May 10, 2013 released the following:

“US Treasury Identifies Front Company and Vessels Attempting to Obscure Iranian Oil Deals Using Ship-to-Ship Transfers and Designates Venezuelan Iranian Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Treasury placed a Venezuelan Iranian Bank and an Iranian shipping company which were being used to circumvent international financial sanctions on the Office of Foreign Assets Control list.

The Treasury Department also imposed sanctions against Iranian Venezuelan Bi-National Bank (IVBB). IVBB was designated pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their supporters, for engaging in financial transactions on behalf of the previously sanctioned Export Development Bank of Iran (EDBI).

The Iranian Venezuelan Bi-National Bank (IVBB) is being designated for its activities on behalf of the Export Development Bank of Iran (EDBI). EDBI was designated under E.O. 13382 on October 22, 2008, for providing financial services to Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL).

IVBB has been processing funds transfers on behalf of EDBI since at least January 2012. EDBI has used IVBB to act as a proxy to fund export activities and to transfer millions of dollars worth of funds from China’s Bank of Kunlun to EDBI. Additionally, senior EDBI staff is entitled to authorize transaction instructions to Bank of Kunlun on behalf of IVBB.

Bank of Kunlun was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department under Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA) on July 31, 2012, for providing financial services to more than six Iranian banks that were designated by the U.S. in connection with Iran’s WMD programs or its support for international terrorism. Prior to the sanctions imposed against it under the CISADA, Bank of Kunlun was engaged in a significant amount of direct of business with EDBI, handling the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars worth of funds for EDBI.

IVBB was originally established as a joint venture between Iran and Venezuela, and EDBI was the Iranian party tasked with creating the joint venture with Venezuela. However, there is no evidence Venezuela retains any ties to this bank.

As part of the Treasury Department’s continuing vigilance against Iran’s efforts to use front companies and deceptive business practices to sell their oil on the international market, today Treasury identified Sambouk Shipping FZC as subject to sanctions under Executive Order (E.O.) 13599, which, among other things, targets the Government of Iran (GOI) and persons acting for or on behalf of the GOI. Sambouk Shipping is tied to Dr. Dimitris Cambis who, along with a network of front companies, were sanctioned in March 2013 under E.O. 13599 and the Iran Threat Reduction Act and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (TRA) after the U.S. government uncovered Dr. Cambis’s scheme to evade international oil sanctions against Iran. In an attempt to continue his scheme, Dr. Cambis is using the recently formed Sambouk Shipping to manage eight of the vessels that he operates on behalf of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC). These vessels have been used to execute ship-to-ship transfers of Iranian oil in the Persian Gulf. These transfers are intended to facilitate deceptive sales of Iranian oil by obscuring the origin of that oil.

“As Iran becomes increasingly isolated from the international financial system and energy markets, it is turning increasingly to convoluted schemes and shady actors to maintain its access to the global financial system,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “As long as Iran tries to evade our sanctions, we will continue to expose their deceptive maneuvers.”

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is also updating its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) entries today for eight vessels blocked due to the interest of National Iranian Tanker Company in the vessels. Since their original identification these vessels have been renamed and/or reflagged. Treasury is also identifying eight previously unidentified vessels as blocked property in which NITC has an interest. Including today’s additions, Treasury has identified 64 vessels as blocked property in which NITC has an interest.

U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the entities listed today, and any assets those entities may have subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

Identifying Information

Name: Iranian-Venezuelan Bi-National Bank
Address: Tosee Building Ground Floor, Bokharest Street 44-46, Tehran, Iran
SWIFT/BIC: IVBBIRT1

Name: Sambouk Shipping FZC
Address: FITCO Building No. 3, Office 101, 1st Floor, P.O. Box 50044, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Alternate Address: Office 1202, Crystal Plaza, PO Box 50044, Buhaira Corniche, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Newly-Identified Vessels:

Name: Atlantis
Vessel Type: Crude Oil Tanker
Flag: Tanzania
IMO Number: 9569621

Name: Badr
Vessel Type: Utility Vessel
Flag: Iran
IMO Number: 8407345

Name: Demos
Vessel Type: Crude Oil Tanker
Flag: Tanzania
IMO Number: 9569683

Name: Infinity
Vessel Type: Crude Oil Tanker
Flag: Tanzania
IMO Number: 9569671

Name: Justice
Vessel Type: Crude Oil Tanker
Flag: None Identified
IMO Number: 9357729

Name: Sunrise
Vessel Type: LPG Tanker
Flag: None Identified
IMO Number: 9615092

Name: Skyline
Vessel Type: Crude Oil Tanker
Flag: Tanzania
IMO Number: 9569669

Name: Younes
Vessel Type: Platform Supply Ship
Flag: Iran
IMO Number: 8212465”

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“OFAC Removes Colombians, Iranian from Blacklist”

April 30, 2013

The Wall Street Journal on April 30, 2013 released the following:

“The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Tuesday it removed 16 Colombians, a Colombian company and an Iranian from its blacklists.

By Samuel Rubenfeld

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Tuesday it removed 16 Colombians, a Colombian company and an Iranian from its blacklists.

A Treasury spokesman said in an email the individuals petitioned OFAC to remove their names, and they provided the office with sufficient information to prove they cut their ties with those that led them to be placed under Kingpin Act sanctions in the first place.

“The decision by OFAC…is evidence of the fair process of administrative review, and shows that inclusion on the SDN List is not always permanent,” the spokesman said.

In addition, OFAC removed Hessam Khoshnevis from its Iran and counter-terrorism sanctions lists. Khoshnevis, a commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, was reportedly killed in Syria by rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad regime.”

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In Laundering Case, a Lax Banking Law Obscured Money Flow

August 9, 2012

The New York Times on August 8, 2012 released the following:

“By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and EDWARD WYATT

The list of global banks that have been accused in recent years of laundering foreign transactions totaling billions of dollars has been growing — Credit Suisse, Lloyds, Barclays, ING, HSBC — and now Standard Chartered.

The details in each case are different, with the international banks suspected of using their American subsidiaries to process tainted money for clients that included Iran, Cuba, North Korea, sponsors of terrorist groups and drug cartels.

What the cases have in common is that the accused banks took advantage of a law that was not changed until 2008 and that allowed banks to disguise client identities and move their money offshore. The cases, including one filed this week by New York’s banking regulator against Standard Chartered, also cast a harsh light on just how much activity with Iran was permitted in the years leading up to 2008 and whether the practices had violated the spirit, if not the letter, of the law.

Foreign banks until 2008 were allowed to transfer money for Iranian clients through their American subsidiaries to a separate offshore institution. In the so-called U-turn transactions, the banks had to provide scant information about the client to their American units as long as they had thoroughly vetted the transactions for suspicious activity. Suspecting that Iranian banks were financing nuclear weapons and missile programs, the loophole was finally closed in 2008.

The new money-laundering claims made by the New York Department of Financial Services against Standard Chartered are particularly embarrassing for the Treasury Department, because they show how, until 2008, foreign banks could collaborate with their Iranian clients to circumvent United States sanctions, said Jimmy Gurulé, a former Treasury Department official who is a law professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Standard Chartered, as part of a strategy to ignore regulations imposed by a division of the Treasury Department, schemed with its Iranian clients to omit crucial details from money-transfer paperwork, according to a regulatory order filed Monday. An e-mail from a lawyer to bank executives in 2001 said that payment instructions for Iranian clients “should not identify the client or the purpose of the payment,” according to the order.

The strategy of masking client details was driven, in part, by a desire for speed, according to law enforcement officials involved in the money-laundering cases. Transactions with certain risky clients, like the Iranians, were subject to much more rigorous vetting. To avoid the holdup, the officials said, some foreign banks willfully removed the names.

Since January 2009, the Justice Department, Treasury and other government entities have brought charges against five foreign banks — the British banks Lloyds and Barclays; the Dutch banks Credit Suisse and ABN Amro, now the Royal Bank of Scotland; and ING Bank of Amsterdam. The British bank HSBC is also under investigation by United States authorities for suspected money-laundering violations connected to Iran, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and North Korea, and the bank has set aside $700 million to cover potential fines.

The settlements with the five banks generally included deferred prosecution agreements along with a substantial forfeiture of assets comparable in size to the basket of illegal transactions the banks engaged in. The five cases, which resulted from bank actions from 1995 through 2007, produced forfeitures of $2.3 billion over the last three and a half years. About half of that money went to Treasury and half to other entities, including the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which joined the Justice Department in most of the settlements.

So far, the Standard Chartered case is playing out entirely differently. To start with, action against the bank on Monday was brought by a single regulator, Benjamin M. Lawsky, a former prosecutor who now leads the New York Department of Financial Services. That is virtually unprecedented, since the vast majority of money-laundering charges come from regulators acting in concert.

The federal agencies are still investigating Standard Chartered and are debating just how expansive the suspected wrongdoing was. Mr. Lawsky claims the bank processed $250 billion in tainted money while cloaking the identities of its Iranian clients by stripping their names from paperwork. Some federal authorities, though, believe that the amount is closer to the $14 million that Standard Chartered acknowledges did not comply with regulations.

It is unclear whether the bank will settle with regulators or continue to fight. Standard Chartered must appear next week before Mr. Lawsky to explain the apparent violations and why it should not have its New York license revoked.

The divergent views on the bank’s culpability stem, in part, from the murkiness of the law governing how foreign institutions processed transactions with Iran.

Until 2008, American economic sanctions had a large exception for Iran because the Middle Eastern nation had such a vast oil business with the United States. The loophole permitted the U-turn transactions, allowing foreign institutions to route money to a bank in the United States, which would then transfer the money immediately to a different foreign institution.

Since Monday, Standard Chartered has fiercely argued that its transactions on behalf of Iranian banks and corporations fell squarely within that loophole. But Mr. Lawsky is largely basing his case on claims that the bank violated the law by covering up the identity of its Iranian clients and thwarting American efforts to detect money laundering.

In the settlements with the five banks since 2009, federal authorities and the Manhattan prosecutor accused the banks of “stripping” identifying information from some of the transactions that would have shown they were subject to sanctions and should not be allowed.

For example, in Lloyds’s $217 million settlement in 2009, senior bank managers warned colleagues in 2002 against “stripping” information from transactions referencing Iran, according to court records. In response, the records say, Lloyds simply began to “instruct Iranian banks on how to ‘clean’ payment instructions in which they were the originating bank to avoid detection” by Treasury Department filters.

The stripping constituted criminal conduct, the Justice Department said, when the transfers from sanctioned countries terminated in the United States — rather than taking a U-turn and heading back offshore. By ending in America, the transactions were subjected to stricter security standards, law enforcement officials said. In a letter sent Wednesday from Adam J. Szubin, director of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, to Britain’s Treasury office, the department explained its enforcement efforts both before and after the 2008 changes. Now, all cross-border transfers require “the inclusion of complete originator and beneficiary information,” according to the letter, which was obtained by The New York Times.

United States banks were involved in the pre-2008 transactions only as an intermediary, and American banks have generally not been charged with violations similar to those brought against the five foreign banks. Because American banks were prohibited from being the beginning or ending party in transactions involving Iran and other sanctioned countries, they would not have been involved in the conduct that got the foreign banks into trouble.

Since the tighter sanctions went into effect, there have been no charges brought on post-2008 conduct, although Treasury’s letter says that investigations are ongoing.

Gina Talamona, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said that the lack of recent illegal conduct is because the settlements with foreign banks “required the banks to implement rigorous compliance programs and other safeguards” against further violations of sanctions. She said that the department’s enforcement program “has had a significant impact on banking industry practices involving sanctions.””

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U.S. blacklists two for alleged ties to al Qaeda, Taliban

May 18, 2012

Reuters on May 17, 2012 released the following:

“(Reuters) – The Treasury Department put two people that it alleged have ties to militant Islamist groups active in Afghanistan on a blacklist on Thursday and banned American citizens from any dealings with them.

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Bakht Gul was a communications official for the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network, accused by the United States of involvement in attacks in Afghanistan, and that Abdul Baqi Bari was a money launderer for the Taliban.

Treasury said Bari funneled funds to support al Qaeda and that Osama Bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader killed in a U.S. raid on his hideout in Pakistan last year, had given Bari and an associate $500,000 to buy a factory in 2002.

It said Gul relayed reports from commanders in Afghanistan to the Haqqani Network, which is based along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and had coordinated movements of weapons and insurgents.

Besides forbidding Americans from doing business with the two, Treasury said that any assets that they were found to be holding in the United States will be blocked.

(Reporting By Glenn Somerville; editing by Mohammad Zargham)”

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OFAC Designates Members Of South Asian Drug Ring ‘D Company’

May 16, 2012

The Wall Street Journal on May 15, 2012 released the following:

“By C.M. Matthews

The U.S. Department of Treasury sanctioned two members of the South Asian criminal organization “D Company” on Tuesday.

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim “Tiger” Memon as narcotics traffickers under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

The designations effectively prohibit U.S. citizens from conducting financial or commercial transactions with the two men, and any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

Shakeel and Memon are top lieutenants in the Dawood Ibrahim Organization, or D Company, an alleged narcotics ring that operates across South Asia and runs smuggling routes into the U.S., Western Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, according to the Treasury Department. The group and its founder, Dawood Ibrahim, were both designated in 2006.

Shakeel coordinates D Company’s dealings with other organized crime and terror groups, the Treasury Department said, while Memon controls the group’s business across South Asia. Memon is also wanted by Indian authorities for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

Violating designations under the Kingpin Act can lead to a range of penalties. Corporate officers can face up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million, while companies face criminal fines up to $10 million.”

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