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OFAC sanctions target IRGC

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Financial Crimes

On June 1, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated members and affiliates of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its external operations arm, the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), pursuant to Executive Order 13224, for participating in a series of plots against former U.S. officials, dual U.S. and Iranian nationals, and Iranian dissidents.

The following were specifically designated: (i) two operatives designated “for having acted for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the IRGC-QF”; (ii) an IRGC-QF official designated “for acting or on behalf of the IRGC-QF”; and (iii) a dual Iranian and Turkish national designated “for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF” by using his Turkey-based airline to support the IRGC-QF covert operations. (The airline is separately designated.)

As a result of the sanctions, all property and interests in property of the individuals and entities named above, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by them, individually, or with other blocked persons, that are in the U.S. or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, must be blocked and reported to OFAC. OFAC’s announcement further noted that its regulations “generally prohibit” U.S. persons from participating in transactions with designated persons unless exempt or otherwise authorized by a general or specific license. The prohibitions include the making or receiving of any contribution of funds, goods, or services to or for the benefit of those persons.