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OFAC Updates for February 5, 2013

A three-parter from OFAC today: updates to the Kingpin Act (narcotics trafficking) and anti-terrorism sanctions, and release of a beta version of a fuzzy search tool.

First, there are a sizable number of new designations under the narcotics trafficking sanctions:

​GARCIA AYALA, Filemon, C Constitucion # 32, Col Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Zacatecas 98400, Mexico; Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico; Rio Grande, Zacatecas, Mexico; DOB 28 Oct 1948; alt. DOB 26 Oct 1948; alt. DOB 27 Oct 1948; POB Loreto, Zacatecas, Mexico; Passport 160010455 (Mexico) issued 03 May 2002 expires 03 May 2012; C.U.R.P. GAAF481027HZSRYL07 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. GAAF481026HTSRYL08 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

INTERNACIONAL & NACIONAL EXCHANGE SERVICES, INC., Pharr, TX; Business Registration Document # 801199276 (Texas); Tax ID No. 32040757414 [SDNTK].

PRODIRA CASA DE CAMBIO, ACTIVIDAD AUXILIAR DEL CREDITO S.A. DE C.V., Blvd La Florida 3-A, Colonia La Florida, Guadalupe, Zacatecas 98618, Mexico; RFC PCC031010989 (Mexico) issued 18 Dec 2003 [SDNTK].

PRODIRA S.A. DE C.V., CASA DE CAMBIO, ACTIVIDAD DEL CREDITO (a.k.a. PRODIRA CASA DE CAMBIO INCORPORATED), Pharr, TX; Business Registration Document # 801041970 (Texas); Tax ID No. 32038179357 [SDNTK].

PRODIRA, INC., Aurora, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Des Moines, IA; Pharr, TX; Business Registration Document # F-853615-0 (Arizona); alt. Business Registration Document # 20011210699 (Colorado); alt. Business Registration Document # 335187 (Iowa); alt. Business Registration Document # 148693800 (Texas); Tax ID No. 17428803666 [SDNTK].

TRASTREVA S.A. DE C.V., Av. La Florida 3, La Florida, Guadalupe, Zacatecas 98610, Mexico; Cedula No. DLC/P/152/2011 (Mexico); R.F.C. TRA0010109E4 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

Second, a large number of deletions were made under the anti-terror sanctions:

ATWAH, Muhsin Musa Matwalli (a.k.a. ABDEL RAHMAN; a.k.a. ABDUL RAHMAN; a.k.a. AL-MUHAJIR, Abdul Rahman; a.k.a. AL-NAMER, Mohammed K.A.), Afghanistan; DOB 19 Jun 1964; POB Egypt; citizen Egypt (individual) [SDGT].

ABDEL RAHMAN (a.k.a. ABDUL RAHMAN; a.k.a. AL-MUHAJIR, Abdul Rahman; a.k.a. AL-NAMER, Mohammed K.A.; a.k.a. ATWAH, Muhsin Musa Matwalli), Afghanistan; DOB 19 Jun 1964; POB Egypt; citizen Egypt (individual) [SDGT].

ABDUL RAHMAN (a.k.a. ABDEL RAHMAN; a.k.a. AL-MUHAJIR, Abdul Rahman; a.k.a. AL-NAMER, Mohammed K.A.; a.k.a. ATWAH, Muhsin Musa Matwalli), Afghanistan; DOB 19 Jun 1964; POB Egypt; citizen Egypt (individual) [SDGT].

AL-MUHAJIR, Abdul Rahman (a.k.a. ABDEL RAHMAN; a.k.a. ABDUL RAHMAN; a.k.a. AL-NAMER, Mohammed K.A.; a.k.a. ATWAH, Muhsin Musa Matwalli), Afghanistan; DOB 19 Jun 1964; POB Egypt; citizen Egypt (individual) [SDGT].

AL-NAMER, Mohammed K.A. (a.k.a. ABDEL RAHMAN; a.k.a. ABDUL RAHMAN; a.k.a. AL-MUHAJIR, Abdul Rahman; a.k.a. ATWAH, Muhsin Musa Matwalli), Afghanistan; DOB 19 Jun 1964; POB Egypt; citizen Egypt (individual) [SDGT].

MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

ALLY, Fahid Mohammed (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

MSALAM, Mohammed Ally (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

AL-KINI, Usama (a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

MSALAM, Fahad Ally (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

SWEDAN, Sheikh (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

“BAHAMADI, Sheikh” (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

ALLY, Ahmed (a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

“BAHAMAD” (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

“BAHAMAD, Sheik” (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

“AHMED THE TALL” (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

ALI, Abbas Abdi, Mogadishu, Somalia (individual) [SDGT].

DARWISH, Sulayman Khalid (a.k.a. “ABU AL-GHADIYA”), Syria; DOB 1976; alt. DOB circa 1974; POB Outside Damascus, Syria; nationality Syria; Passport 3936712 (Syria); alt. Passport 11012 (Syria) (individual) [SDGT].

“ABU AL-GHADIYA” (a.k.a. DARWISH, Sulayman Khalid), Syria; DOB 1976; alt. DOB circa 1974; POB Outside Damascus, Syria; nationality Syria; Passport 3936712 (Syria); alt. Passport 11012 (Syria) (individual) [SDGT].

Lastly, OFAC has updated its SDN Search Tool to include fuzzy logic. You can adjust the sensitivity of the search to be more or less permissive. Here’s the FAQ from the information page:

1) How does SDN Search work?

In addition to returning results that are exact matches (when the match threshold slider bar is set to 100%), SDN Search can also provide a broader set of results using fuzzy logic. This logic uses character and string matching as well as phonetic matching. Only the name field of SDN Search invokes fuzzy logic when the tool is run. The other fields on the tool use character matching logic. Please click here for more information on what a true SDN match is.

2) What does the SDN Search Score mean?

The score field indicates the similarity between the name entered and resulting matches on the SDN List. It is calculated using two matching logic algorithms: one based upon phonetics, and a second based upon the similarity of the characters in the two strings. A score of 100 indicates an exact match, while lower scores indicate potential matches.

3) How do I use the Minimum Name Score field and score slider bar?

The minimum name score field limits the number of names returned by the search. A value of 100 will return only names that exactly match the characters entered into the name field. A value of 50 will return all names that are deemed to be 50% similar based upon the matching logic of the search tool. By lowering the match threshold the system will return a broader result set.

4) How is the Score calculated?

SDN search uses two matching logic algorithms, and two matching logic techniques to calculate the score. The two algorithms are Jaro-Winkler, a string difference algorithm, and Soundex, a phonetic algorithm. The first technique involves using the Jaro-Winkler algorithm to compare the entire name string entered against full name strings of SDN entries. The second technique involves splitting the name string entered into multiple name parts (for example, John Doe would be split into two name parts). Each name part is then compared to name parts on the SDN list using the Jaro-Winkler and Soundex algorithms. The search calculates a score for each name part entered, and a composite score for all name parts entered. SDN Search uses both techniques each time the search is run, and returns the higher of the two scores in the Score column.

5) Does OFAC recommend a specific match threshold score?

OFAC cannot make such a recommendation because each search has its own unique set of facts surrounding it. Users of SDN Search must make their own match threshold determinations based upon their own internal risk assessments and established compliance practices.

6) What fields influence the score?

Only the name field influences the score.

7) What fields use fuzzy logic?

Only the name field uses the fuzzy searching logic.

8) When conducting a search using the ID field, does SDN Search account for variations in non-alphanumeric characters?

At present, SDN Search’s ID field uses exact character matching to provide users with a result. In order to receive the broadest number of results, users should conduct ID field searches both with and without any non-alphanumeric characters. An upcoming update to SDN Search will allow for searching of the ID field regardless of whether or not non-alphanumeric characters are included.

Links:

OFAC Press release
SDN Fuzzy Logic Search Tool page

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