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OFAC sanctions biometric technology company for supporting Maduro regime

Financial Crimes OFAC Venezuela Of Interest to Non-US Persons Department of Treasury OFAC Designations Sanctions

Financial Crimes

On December 18, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against a Venezuelan-registered biometric technology company and two individuals for allegedly materially supporting the Maduro regime by providing goods and services that the regime used to carry out the “fraudulent” elections on December 6. The sanctions, issued pursuant to Executive Order 13692, reflect Treasury’s continued efforts to hold persons who offer support to the Maduro regime accountable. As a result, all property and interests in property belonging to the identified individuals subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and “any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by the designated individuals, are also blocked.” U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons.

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