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OFAC adds members of Venezuelan President Maduro’s inner circle to Specially Designated Nationals List

Financial Crimes Department of Treasury OFAC Sanctions Venezuela

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On September 25, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) made additions to the Specially Designated Nationals List pursuant to Executive Order 13692. OFAC’s additions to the list include four members of Venezuelan President Maduro’s inner circle, along with a “front network” identified as acting for or on behalf of a sanctioned member of the Maduro regime. According to OFAC, the additional sanctions are issued in response to the Maduro regime's continued “corruption and gross mismanagement.” As a result, all assets belonging to the identified individuals and entities subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons generally are prohibited from dealing with them.

OFAC also referenced FinCEN advisories issued August and September 2017 (see previous InfoBytes coverage here and here) as a source for additional information on “the methods that Venezuelan senior political figures, their associates, and front persons use to move and hide corrupt proceeds,” including the potential for exploitation within the U.S. financial system and real estate market.

See here for continuing InfoBytes coverage of actions related to Venezuela.