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Lebanese Man Designated By OFAC On Allegations Of Laundering Money For Illicit Drug And Terror Organizations

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Last week the Federal government announced sanctions against a Lebanese man and his financial operation due to allegations that he and it are involved in laundering money for a wide array of illicit drug and terror operations around the world.

The 57-year-old Hermel native and his financial firm were designated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on claims that the firm launders tens of millions of dollars of money for illegal drug kingpins. In addition, OFAC says the firm aids previously-designated organization Hizballah in moving money around the world.

Federal investigators say his organization launders funds by moving money all over the globe, including to financial institutions in Australia, Colombia, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Spain, Venezuela, France, Brazil, and the United States. Many of the illicit drug organizations for whom the firm allegedly launders money include previously-designated operations in Columbia, Mexico, and Lebanon.

As with every such designation, the parties sanctioned last week are now legally forbidden from exercising rights to property within the jurisdiction of the United States, and Americans are prohibited from conducting business with them.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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