OFAC Posts Recent Enforcement Actions

On April 23, 2010, the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) issued information on recent enforcement cases:  

LD Telecommunications, Inc. of Coral Gables, FL, has agreed to remit $21,671 to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) occurring between December 2005 and March 2006. OFAC alleged that LD Telecommunications, Inc. initiated unlicensed funds transfers for the provision of telecommunications services to Cuba. LD Telecommunications, Inc. did not voluntarily disclose this matter to OFAC. 

Hilton International Co. of McLean, VA (HI), a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide, has remitted $735,407 to settle allegations of violations of the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR). OFAC alleged that between June 2002 and February 2006 HI engaged in 142 violations of the SSR in connection with its unlicensed operation of two Hilton brand hotels in Sudan. HI voluntarily disclosed this matter to OFAC. The alleged violations were discovered and self-reported as a result of pre-acquisition due diligence directed by Hilton Hotels Corporation, which acquired HI from the UK-based Hilton Group plc. in February 2006.

Pursuant to OFAC's Civil Penalties - Interim Policy (Nov. 27, 2007), because HI signed a statute of limitation tolling agreement covering alleged violations for which the statute of limitations would have otherwise expired prior to October 16, 2007 (the effective date of the IEEPA Enhancement Act), the settlement agreement is based on the maximum statutory penalties in place at the time the tolling agreement was signed, which in this case equaled $11,000 per alleged violation.