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OFAC sanctions ISIS facilitators

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Financial Crimes

On May 9, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions pursuant to Executive Order 13224 against five Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) financial facilitators operating across Indonesia, Syria, and Turkey for allegedly supporting financial transfers connected to ISIS efforts in Syria-based displaced persons camps by collecting funds in Indonesia and Turkey. As a result of the sanctions, all property and interests in property of the designated individuals within U.S. jurisdiction must be blocked and reported to OFAC. OFAC further noted that its regulations “generally prohibit” U.S. persons or persons within the United States from participating in transactions with the designated persons and warned foreign financial institutions that if they knowingly facilitate significant transactions for any of the designated individuals, OFAC may prohibit or impose strict conditions on the opening or maintaining of a U.S. correspondent account or payable-through account.

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