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Today, OFAC added the following persons:

BOJIC, Andrija Zheljko, Kosovo; DOB 02 Mar 1993; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko). 

BOJIC, Zeljko (a.k.a. BOJIC, Zeljko Radoslav), Lole Ribar Street, Number L3/10/2, Mitrovica North, Kosovo; DOB 16 Jul 1969; POB Mitrovica, Kosovo; nationality Kosovo; Gender Male; Passport P00608659 (Kosovo) expires 19 Mar 2025 (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

LUNA MEZA, Osiris (a.k.a. LUNA, Osiris), San Salvador, El Salvador; DOB 08 Feb 1989; POB San Salvador, El Salvador; nationality El Salvador; Gender Male; Passport A04056212 (El Salvador) expires 11 Aug 2020; National ID No. 040562123 (El Salvador) (individual) [GLOMAG].

MARROQUIN CHICA, Carlos Amilcar, Mejicanos, El Salvador; DOB May 1986; POB San Salvador, El Salvador; nationality El Salvador; Gender Male; Passport B03539817 (El Salvador) expires 19 Sep 2024; National ID No. 035398179 (El Salvador) (individual) [GLOMAG].

MEZA OLIVARES, Alma Yanira, San Salvador, El Salvador; DOB 15 Jul 1963; POB San Salvador, El Salvador; nationality El Salvador; Gender Female; Passport A01497316 (El Salvador) expires 10 Dec 2019; National ID No. 014973168 (El Salvador) (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: LUNA MEZA, Osiris).


MIHAJLOVIC, Milan, Susica Village, Kosovo; DOB 27 Apr 1983; POB Nis, Republic of Serbia; nationality Serbia; Gender Male; Identification Number 2704983730021 (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

NEDELJKOVIC, Sinisa (a.k.a. "METAL, Senisa"; a.k.a. "NEDELJKOVIC, Sinis"; a.k.a. "NEDELJKOVIC, Sinisa Stevan"), Kral Petar Street, Zvecan, Kosovo; DOB 26 Mar 1970; POB Zvecan, Kosovo; nationality Kosovo; alt. nationality Serbia; Gender Male; Identification Number 1501722452 (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

RADIC, Radovan, Kosovo; DOB 19 Oct 1981; nationality Serbia; Gender Male; Identification Number 005221713 (Serbia) expires 25 Mar 2024 (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

RADISAVLJEVIC, Miljan, Donji Jasenovik, Zubin Potok, Kosovo; DOB 10 Dec 1972; POB Village Babudovici, Zubin Potok, Kosovo; nationality Serbia; Gender Male; Identification Number 1502104612 (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

RADISAVLJEVIC, Miljojko (a.k.a. "RADISAVLJEVIC, Milojko"), Donji Jasenovik, Zubin Potok, Kosovo; DOB 23 Apr 1978; POB Village Babudovici, Zubin Potok, Kosovo; nationality Serbia; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

RADOJCIC, Milan Rajko (a.k.a. "RADOICIC, Milan"; a.k.a. "RADOJICIC, Milan"), Serbia; Lola Ribar Street, number 58/7, Mitrovica, Kosovo; DOB 21 Feb 1978; POB Djakovica, Kosovo; nationality Kosovo; Gender Male; Driver's License No. 20177871 (Kosovo); Identification Number 1174669941 (individual) [GLOMAG].

ROSIC, Marko, Kosovo; DOB 28 Jun 1993; POB Mitrovica, Kosovo; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

STEVIC, Radule (a.k.a. "STEVIC, Rade"), Kral Petar Street, Zvecan, Kosovo; DOB 02 Jun 1970; POB Leposavic, Kosovo; nationality Serbia; Gender Male; Identification Number 1501796081 (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

VESELINOVIC, Zharko Jovan (a.k.a. "VESELINOVIC, Zarko"), Kralj Peter St., Mitrovica, Kosovo; DOB 23 Feb 1985; POB Dolane Village, Zvecan, Kosovo; nationality Serbia; alt. nationality Kosovo; Gender Male; Driver's License No. 2806 (Serbia); Identification Number 1502145386 (individual) [GLOMAG].

VESELINOVIC, Zvonko, Kralj Peter St., Mitrovica, Kosovo; DOB 30 Dec 1980; POB Dolane Village, Zvecan, Kosovo; nationality Kosovo; alt. nationality Serbia; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG].

VULOVIC, Srdjan Milivoje, Kosovo; DOB 03 Dec 1975; POB Ostrace, Leposavic Municipality, Kosovo; nationality Kosovo; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

and entities:

BETONJERKA DOO ALEKSINAC (a.k.a. PRIVREDNO DRUSTVO ZA PROIZVODNJU BETONSKIH STUBOVA, TRAFO-STANICA I PRATECIH ELEMENATA ZA IZGRADNJU I ODRZAVANJE ELEKTROENERGETSKIH OBJEKATA BETONJERKA DOO ALEKSINAC), Autoput Bb, Aleksinac 18220, Serbia; Organization Established Date 28 Feb 1992; Organization Type: Manufacture of articles of concrete, cement and plaster; V.A.T. Number 100302988 (Serbia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: INKOP DOO CUPRIJA). 

CIVIJA KOMERC (a.k.a. SAMOSTALNA TRGOVINSKA RADNJA CIVIJA KOMERC ZVONKO VESELINOVIC PREDUZETNIK SABAC), Macvanska 65, Sabac 15000, Serbia; Organization Established Date 22 Mar 2000; Organization Type: Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories; V.A.T. Number 100081430 (Serbia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

DOLLY BELL DOO BEOGRAD-NOVI BEOGRAD (a.k.a. "DOLLY BELL"), Partizanske Avijacije 4/III, Belgrade 11000, Serbia; Organization Established Date 12 May 2015; V.A.T. Number 108981819 (Serbia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: INKOP DOO CUPRIJA).

DOO BABUDOVAC BRNJAK (a.k.a. DOO BABUDOVAC PREDUZECE ZA PROIZVODNJU, TRGOVINU I USLUGE, BRNJAK), Brnjak Bb, Srpska Crnja, Serbia; Organization Established Date 22 Dec 2005; V.A.T. Number 104219987 (Serbia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: RADISAVLJEVIC, Miljojko).

DOO MM KOM INTER BLUE DONJI JASENOVIK (a.k.a. PREDUZECE ZA PROIZVODNJU PROMET TRGOVINU I USLUGE MM KOM INTER BLUE DOO DONJI JASENOVIK), Donji Jasenovik 38228, Serbia; Organization Established Date 08 Mar 2013; Organization Type: Wholesale of other machinery and equipment; V.A.T. Number 107969124 (Serbia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: RADISAVLJEVIC, Miljan).

DOO RAD 028 ZVECAN (a.k.a. DRUSTVO SA OGRANICENOM ODGOVORNOSCU RAD 028 ZVECAN), Prote Stojana 4/2, Zvecan, Serbia; Organization Established Date 20 Jan 2014; Organization Type: Construction of other civil engineering projects; V.A.T. Number 108374390 (Serbia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: STEVIC, Radule).

FARMA IZVORI B.I., Izvore, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 29 May 2015; Organization Type: Growing of pome fruits and stone fruits; Registration Number 71168433 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: NEDELJKOVIC, Sinisa).

FERARI PREDUZEEE ZA USLUGE I PROMET POLOVNIM VOZILIMA SH.A., 40000 Mitrovice, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 20 Aug 2002; Organization Type: Wholesale of other machinery and equipment; Registration Number 80673094 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

GARAC INZENJERING OOD, Tsar Osvoboditel, 168, Kyustendil 2500, Bulgaria; Organization Established Date 04 Dec 2014; V.A.T. Number BG203318394 (Bulgaria) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: RADOJCIC, Milan Rajko).

INKOP DOO CUPRIJA (a.k.a. GRADJEVINSKO PREDUZECE INKOP DOO CUPRIJA; a.k.a. "INKOP"), Karadordeva 6, Cuprija 35230, Serbia; Organization Established Date 12 May 1992; Organization Type: Construction of roads and railways; V.A.T. Number 100245351 (Serbia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

MARKOM METAL COMMERCE DOO ZVECAN (a.k.a. MARKOM METAL COMMERCE DRUSTVO SA OGRANICENOM ODGOVORNOSCU, GRABOVAC), Grabovac 37240, Serbia; Organization Established Date 23 Jun 2008; V.A.T. Number 105767318 (Serbia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: NEDELJKOVIC, Sinisa).

METAL-ROBNA KUCA (a.k.a. METAL-ROBNA KUCA ZVECAN), Kosovskih Junaka Bb, Zvecan 38227, Serbia; Organization Established Date 2005; Organization Type: Wholesale of construction materials, hardware, plumbing and heating equipment and supplies; Registration Number 20110708 (Serbia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: NEDELJKOVIC, Sinisa).

NAUTIKACENTAR D. O. O. (a.k.a. NAUTIKACENTAR DRUSTVO S OGRANICENOM ODGOVORNOSCU ZA DJELATNOST MARINA, TRGOVINU I USLUGE), Zdravka Kucica 43, Rijeka 51000, Croatia; Organization Established Date 01 Jan 2000; V.A.T. Number HR12533377925 (Croatia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zharko Jovan).

NOVI PAZAR-PUT D.O.O. NOVI PAZAR (a.k.a. DRUSTVO SA OGRANICENOM ODGOVORNOSCU NOVI PAZAR-PUT NOVI PAZAR), Sabana Koce 67, Novi Pazar 36300, Serbia; Organization Established Date 20 Apr 2004; Organization Type: Construction of roads and railways; V.A.T. Number 100744723 (Serbia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: INKOP DOO CUPRIJA).

P.P. BABUDOVAC B.I. (a.k.a. P.P. BABUDOVAC), 40650 Jasenovik I Poshtem, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 05 Feb 2004; Organization Type: Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco; V.A.T. Number 600570825 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: RADISAVLJEVIC, Miljan).

P.P.ROBNA KUCA METAL B.I., Kralja Petra I 90, Zvecan, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 29 Aug 2013; Organization Type: Wholesale of other machinery and equipment; Registration Number 70985691 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: NEDELJKOVIC, Sinisa).

RAD D.O.O., Kralja Petra I B.B., Zveqan 43000, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 01 Feb 2018; Organization Type: Construction of buildings; Registration Number 810091687 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: STEVIC, Radule).

RADOVAN RADIC B.I., P.P. EU RR GRADNJA, Zupc 40650, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 13 Feb 2014; Organization Type: Construction of other civil engineering projects; V.A.T. Number 601071814 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: RADIC, Radovan).

RADULE STEVIC B.I., P.T.P. RAD, Prote Sfojaha, Zveqan 38227, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 04 Apr 2013; Organization Type: Construction of buildings; Tax ID No. 600953708 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: STEVIC, Radule).

ROBNA KUCA METAL D.O.O., Kralja Petra I 90, Zveqan 38227, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 21 Aug 2017; Organization Type: Wholesale of other machinery and equipment; Registration Number 810051061 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: NEDELJKOVIC, Sinisa).

S.Z.T.R. PRIZMA B.I. (a.k.a. SAMOSTALNA ZANATSKA TRGOVINSKA RADNJA PRIZMA), 40000 Mitrovice, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 10 Dec 2001; Organization Type: Construction of other civil engineering projects; Registration Number 80581564 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zvonko).

SINISA NEDELJKOVIC B.I., P.T.P. METAL, 90, Kralja Petra I, Zveqan 38227, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 09 Aug 2001; Organization Type: Wholesale of other machinery and equipment; V.A.T. Number 600351845 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: NEDELJKOVIC, Sinisa).

SINISA NEDELJKOVIC I.B., Glavna Bb, Shterpce 73000, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 03 Sep 2015; Organization Type: Restaurants and mobile food service activities; V.A.T. Number 601337753 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: NEDELJKOVIC, Sinisa).

ZARKO VESELINOVIC B.I., S.T.R. KRISTAL (a.k.a. ZARKO VESELINOVIC B.I.), Kralja Petra I, Mitrovice 40000, Kosovo; Organization Established Date 21 Feb 2005; Registration Number 70234903 (Kosovo) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zharko Jovan).

under its Global Magnitsky sanctions program, under the anti-corruption designation authority.

And the U.S. State Department:

Designation of Corruption Networks Linked to Transnational Organized Crime

PRESS STATEMENT

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE

DECEMBER 8, 2021Share

In concert with the goals of this week’s Summit for Democracy, the United States is imposing sanctions today on 16 individuals and 24 entities from several countries in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.  These sanctions target perpetrators of corruption pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

The United States Strategy on Countering Corruption, released December 6, highlights the importance of addressing the nexus between corruption, criminal, and other illicit activity as a national security priority.  Transnational organized crime is destabilizing, with these groups often colluding with public officials to shield themselves from prosecution and accountability.  Transnational criminal organizations also operate across borders, undermining the international financial system and complicating law enforcement efforts to disrupt and dismantle transnational crime globally.  We also know that organized crime backed by corrupt actors can destabilize rule of law, erode confidence in public institutions, and weaken democratic governance.

We will continue to use all available tools to break the links between criminal activity and corruption. Today’s actions, with the Department of the Treasury’s designations of corrupt actors linked to transnational criminal organizations in El Salvador, Kosovo and Serbia, are part of our whole-of-government efforts to break these links and promote accountability for corrupt actors.

and Treasury Department:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Targets Corruption Networks Linked to Transnational Organized Crime 

December 8, 2021

Global Magnitsky Designations Target Nexus Between Public Corruption and Organized Crime

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is targeting 16 individuals and 24 entities across several countries in Europe and the Western Hemisphere. Today’s actions are taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, and targets perpetrators of corruption and serious human rights abuse.

“Transnational organized crime and corruption often go hand in hand with massively destabilizing effects on rule of law and democratic governance,” said Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control Andrea M. Gacki. “Treasury will continue to aggressively dismantle links between transnational criminal organizations and corrupt activity, especially by those in office who hold the public’s trust.”

These designations follow previous actions this week targeting corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo and persons contributing to repression and the undermining of democracy around the world.

ORGANIZED CRIME AND CORRUPTION

The United States’ Strategy on Countering Corruption, released December 6, highlights the importance of addressing the nexus between corruption, criminal, and other illicit activity as a national security priority. Organized crime and corruption are often linked — organized crime groups destabilize civil society and collude with public officials to insulate themselves from prosecution. Corruption erodes confidence in democratic institutions, particularly where criminal groups benefit from cooperation with public officials, and when illicit actors are allowed to operate with impunity. Organized crime often achieves a transnational reach, where criminal groups operate across borders, undermine the integrity of the international financial system, and complicate law enforcement efforts.

NORTHERN KOSOVO-BASED TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME: ZVONKO VESELINOVIC AND HIS ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP

Zvonko Veselinovic (Veselinovic), the leader of the Zvonko Veselinovic Organized Crime Group (OCG), is one of Kosovo’s most notorious corrupt figures. The Veselinovic OCG is engaged in a largescale bribery scheme with Kosovar and Serbian security officials who facilitate the group’s illicit trafficking of goods, money, narcotics, and weapons between Kosovo and Serbia. The group has also conspired with various politicians in several quid pro quo agreements, including the early 2019 bribery of Kosovar security officials to allow their smuggling operations between Serbia and Kosovo and the late 2017 bribery of Kosovar border security officials to allow safe passage for smugglers. As of late 2017, Veselinovic and his brother Zharko Jovan Veselinovic (Zharko) had agreements with politicians to help their party win elections, secure political victories for their candidates, and contribute large sums of money to candidates. In return, these politicians would grant the brothers control of certain areas for their businesses and where they could conduct their illicit business activities without interference by Serbian authorities, and would also provide proprietary business information to support the brothers’ business investments. The politicians would also reward the Veselinovic brothers by working to grant the brothers the best infrastructure contracts. As of late 2017, Veselinovic and Zharko made donations as a method of laundering money originating from their criminal enterprise. Zharko has been a leader in the Veselinovic OCG, working with his brother and the OCG in their smuggling activities, their violent intimidations of businesses, their construction and infrastructure projects, and their telecommunications development projects. Additionally, Veselinovic and his group were indicted for their alleged involvement in the murder of political party leader Oliver Ivanovic in January 2018. Veselinovic and fellow members of the OCG, Milan Rajko Radojcic (Radojcic)Zeljko Bojic (Bojic), and Marko Rosic (Rosic), were all named in the indictment for the murder, each serving their role in the assassination for the criminal enterprise.

VeselinovicZharko, and Radojcic are designated pursuant to E.O. 13818 for being foreign persons who are or have been a leader or official of an entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery, related to their tenure.

Bojic is designated pursuant to E.O. 13818 for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Veselinovic.

  • Rosic
  • Andrija Zheljko Bojic
  • Srdjan Milivoje Vulovic
  • Milan Mihajlovic 
  • Miljan Radisavljevic (Miljan)
  • Miljojko Radisavljevic (Miljojko)
  • Radovan Radic (Radic)
  • Sinisa Nedeljkovic (Nedeljkovic)
  • Radule Stevic (Stevic)

OFAC designated four entities across Europe that are owned or controlled by Veselinovic pursuant to E.O. 13818:

  • Inkop DOO Cuprija (Inkop), based in Serbia 
  • Civija Komerc, based in Serbia 
  • S.Z.T.R. Prizma B.I., based in Kosovo 
  • Ferari Preduzeee Za Usluge I Promet Polovnim Vozilima SH.A., based in Kosovo 

OFAC designated three entities across Europe that are owned or controlled by Inkop pursuant to E.O. 13818:

  • Betonjerka DOO Aleksinac, based in Serbia 
  • Dolly Bell DOO Beograd-Novi Beograd, based in Serbia 
  • Novi Pazar-Put D.O.O. Novi Pazar, based in Serbia

OFAC designated two entities across Europe that are owned or controlled by Zharko pursuant to E.O. 13818:

  • Zarko Veselinovic B.I., S.T.R. Kristal, based in Kosovo 
  • Nautikacentar D. O. O., based in Croatia 

OFAC designated three entities across Europe that are owned or controlled by Stevic pursuant to E.O. 13818:

  • DOO Rad 028 Zvecan, based in Serbia 
  • Radule Stevic B.I., P.T.P. Rad, based in Kosovo 
  • Rad D.O.O., based in Kosovo

OFAC designated seven entities across Europe that are owned or controlled by Nedeljkovic pursuant to E.O. 13818:

  • Markom Metal Commerce DOO Zvecan, based in Serbia 
  • Metal-Robna Kuca, based in Serbia 
  • Sinisa Nedeljkovic B.I., P.T.P. Metal, based in Kosovo 
  • P.P.Robna Kuca Metal B.I., based in Kosovo 
  • Farma Izvori B.I., based in Kosovo 
  • Robna Kuca Metal D.O.O., based in Kosovo 
  • Sinisa Nedeljkovic I.B., based in Kosovo

OFAC designated two entities across Europe that are owned or controlled by Miljan pursuant to E.O. 13818:

  • DOO MM Kom Inter Blue Donji Jasenovik, based in Serbia 
  • P.P. Babudovac B.I., based in Kosovo

OFAC also designated three entities across Europe that are owned or controlled by other members of this organized crime group pursuant to E.O. 13818:

  • DOO Babudovac Brnjak, based in Serbia and owned or controlled by Miljojko
  • Garac Inzenjering OOD, based in Bulgaria and owned or controlled by Radojcic
  • Radovan Radic B.I., P.P. Eu Rr Gradnja, based in Kosovo and owned or controlled by Radic

ORGANIZED CRIME IN EL SALVADOR: OSIRIS LUNA MEZA, CARLOS AMILCAR MARROQUIN CHICA, AND ALMA YANIRA MEZA OLIVARES

An investigation into officials of the Government of El Salvador and incarcerated leaders of gangs, such as Treasury-designated Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13), has revealed covert negotiations between government officials and the criminal organization. MS-13 was designated on October 11, 2012 pursuant to E.O. 13581 for its involvement in serious transnational criminal activities, including drug trafficking, kidnapping, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder, assassinations, racketeering, blackmail, extortion, and immigration offenses. Osiris Luna Meza (Luna) and Carlos Amilcar Marroquin Chica (Marroquin) led, facilitated, and organized a number of secret meetings involving incarcerated gang leaders, in which known gang members were allowed to enter the prison facilities and meet with senior gang leadership. These meetings were part of the Government of El Salvador’s efforts to negotiate a secret truce with gang leadership.

In 2020, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele’s (Bukele) administration provided financial incentives to Salvadoran gangs MS-13 and 18th Street Gang (Barrio 18) to ensure that incidents of gang violence and the number of confirmed homicides remained low. Over the course of these negotiations with Luna and Marroquin, gang leadership also agreed to provide political support to the Nuevas Ideas political party in upcoming elections. Nuevas Ideas is the President’s political party and won a two-thirds super majority in legislative elections in 2021. The Bukele administration was represented in such transactions by Luna, the Chief of the Salvadoran Penal System and Vice Minister of Justice and Public Security, and Marroquin, Chairman of the Social Fabric Reconstruction Unit. In addition to Salvadoran government financial allocations in 2020, the gangs also received privileges for gang leadership incarcerated in Salvadoran prisons, such as the provision of mobile phones and prostitutes.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Luna also negotiated an agreement with gang leaders from MS-13 and Barrio 18 for the gangs’ support of President Bukele’s national quarantine in gang-controlled areas. Separately, Luna participated in a scheme to steal and re-sell government purchased staple goods that were originally destined for COVID-19 pandemic relief. These items were transferred to private companies and then resold on the private market or back to the government. Luna’s mother, Alma Yanira Meza Olivares (Meza), acted as the negotiator in some of these transactions. Additionally, Luna and Meza developed a scheme to embezzle millions of dollars from El Salvador’s prison commissary system. They also created fraudulent job positions within the prison system, in which supposed “employees” would receive monthly paychecks and return most of the earnings back to Luna and Meza.

Luna and Marroquin are designated pursuant to E.O. 13818 for being foreign persons who are current or former government officials, or persons acting for or on behalf of such an official, who are responsible for or complicit in, or have directly or indirectly engaged in, corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery.

Meza is designated pursuant to E.O. 13818 for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Luna.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the persons above that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. In addition, any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked. Unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, or otherwise exempt, all transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons are prohibited. The prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person or the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

GLOBAL MAGNITSKY

Building upon the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, E.O. 13818 was issued on December 20, 2017, in recognition that the prevalence of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States, had reached such scope and gravity as to threaten the stability of international political and economic systems. Human rights abuse and corruption undermine the values that form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies; have devastating impacts on individuals; weaken democratic institutions; degrade the rule of law; perpetuate violent conflicts; facilitate the activities of dangerous persons; and undermine economic markets. The United States seeks to impose tangible and significant consequences on those who commit serious human rights abuse or engage in corruption, as well as to protect the financial system of the United States from abuse by these same persons.

issued press releases about it.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Press Releases – Treasury, State

Categories: Anti-Corruption Corruption Sanctions Global Magnitsky Sanctions OFAC Updates Organized Crime Sanctions Sanctions Lists

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