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OFAC Fines Epsilon $1.5 Million: Four Lessons for U.S. Exporters With Products In Iran

October 3, 2018 By: SanctionsAlert.com

On September 13, 2018, Epsilon Electronics Inc, a car audio and video equipment manufacturer, agreed to pay the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) $1,500,000 to settle a case related to alleged violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations.

The case, which is a culmination of a 2014 penalty notice and two court cases, contains four vital lessons for U.S. exporters whose products may be found in Iran.

The September 2018 settlement is a re-consideration of a disputed penalty notice from 2014, at which time OFAC fined Epsilon $4,000,000. In the 2014 notice, OFAC alleges that from 2008 to 2012, the electronics manufacturer broke the law by selling audio and video equipment to Asra International, LLC. (more…)

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September 5, 2018

U.S. Cracks Down on Russia with Global Magnitsky Regulations and New Sanctions

As of June 29,2018, the Global Magnitsky Sanctions Regulations (31 CFR part 583) took effect on the Federal Register. These regulations implement the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (or U.S. Global Magnitsky Act) as well as Executive Order 13818 of December 20, 2017.

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UN Sanctions Implementation: The Importance of Supporting An Open Dialogue Between Policy Makers and the Private Sector

August 20, 2018
By Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer SanctionsAlert.com

Financial institutions and corporations playa key role in the implementation of sanctions issued by the United Nations (UN) Security Council.In fact, this is where the rubber hits the road, as private companies are the ones that enable the implementation of UN sanctions. Nevertheless, many compliance officers,who deal with the operational aspects of UN-derived sanctions on a daily basis and often spend millions of dollars/euros to ensure compliance, are not aware of how they come into being or the policies from which they derive. (more…)

Bank of China Order Confirms U.S. Regulators Are Willing to Take a Tough Line On Sanctions Missteps

August 16, 2018
By: Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer, SanctionsAlert.com

After conducting a supervisory examination of its compliance program, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a $12.5 million fine and a Consent Order requiring Bank of China’s New York Branch to fulfill certain requirements within 90 days, some very far-reaching.

The Order, imposed by the OCC in April 2018, not only details shortcomings found in the Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) compliance program of one of the world’s biggest lenders, but also enterprise-wide deficiencies in its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliance requirements.

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