Region: United States of America

Press asks US court to unseal sentencing docs in Unaoil case

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a motion on Tuesday, 24 January on behalf of GIR, The Financial Times and the Guardian to unseal a pair of sentencing memos in the case against Saman Ahsani.

25 January 2023

Former FBI official arrested for violating sanctions on Deripaska

US authorities arrested a retired FBI agent for providing services to sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in exchange for secret payments.

24 January 2023

DOJ charges businessmen over servicing of Russian oligarch’s yacht

US prosecutors have accused two businessmen of facilitating sanctions evasion by helping a sanctioned Russian “obfuscate” his ownership of a $90 million motor yacht.

23 January 2023

European authorities arrest Bitzlato management

23 January 2023

Lawyers request more clarity, transparency from OFAC amid enforcement guidance revamp

The US’ civil sanctions enforcer should provide more clarity on when cases are considered egregious and provide further details on its cooperation with international partners as part of its enforcement guidance overhaul, practitioners said.

23 January 2023

Crowell hires former OFAC chief counsel

OFAC’s former chief counsel told GIR that Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine was a catalyst for increased international collaboration on more sanctions and export control programmes than just those targeting Russia.

23 January 2023

Hawaii woman gets two-year sentence for secretly lobbying Trump in 1MDB scheme

A Hawaiian businesswoman was sentenced to two years in prison, fined $250,000, and ordered to forfeit $3 million for participating in a far-reaching, international scheme to embezzle money from a Malaysian development fund – otherwise known as the 1MDB scandal.

19 January 2023

Zuckerman Spaeder partner lands NatWest monitorship

A Washington, DC-based lawyer at Zuckerman Spaeder will monitor a subsidiary of UK bank NatWest after it pleaded guilty in 2021 over its role in two spoofing schemes.

19 January 2023

Halkbank arguments leave Supreme Court grappling with diplomatic implications

Justices weighed whether opening the Turkish bank up to sanctions evasions charges could yield a flood of litigation against foreign countries from ambitious federal, state and local prosecutors.

19 January 2023

DOJ’s new crypto team scores biggest case yet

The DOJ unveiled its new cryptocurrency task force’s largest enforcement action to date with the takedown of Bitzlato, a Hong Kong-based crypto exchange accused of facilitating hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal transactions on the dark web – many of them linked to Russian cybercriminals.

18 January 2023

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