It was 2003, and I received an urgent order for ballistic vests and helmets for United States Coalition Forces stationed in Kurdistan. The quartermaster for those forces was emailing and calling me (from a bunker, literally) that he needed the equipment in days or weeks, not months or quarters.… Continue Reading
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control used a settlement agreement Thursday to set out management’s role in creating and running an effective sanctions compliance program.… Continue Reading
China’s ZTE Corporation agreed Tuesday with the DOJ and two other agencies to pay $892 million for knowingly shipping dual-use telecoms equipment to Iran for six years and lying to cover up the trade offenses.… Continue Reading
Paris-based BNP Paribas S.A. was sentenced Friday for processing billions of dollars of transactions through the U.S. financial system on behalf of Sudanese, Iranian and Cuban entities subject to U.S. economic sanctions. … Continue Reading
Richard Ammer Chichakli, an associate of convicted international arms dealer Viktor Bout, was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court to five years in prison.
Chichakli, pictured, is a dual U.S. and Syrian citizen.… Continue Reading
BNP Paribas pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of violating U.S. economic sanctions by processing transactions for clients in blacklisted countries, a development that a U.S. judge said should shows that no financial institution is “immune from the rule of law.”… Continue Reading
Among the more than $10,000 in gifts Dennis Rodman delivered to North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang this month were “hundreds of dollars’ worth of Irish Jameson whiskey, European crystal, an Italian suit, a fur coat, and an English Mulberry handbag for Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-ju,” the Daily Beast said Friday.… Continue Reading