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3 CONVICTED IN IRAQI DINAR SCAM TO START SERVING PRISON SENTENCES ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 2, 2015, PAY $800,000 IN RESTITUTION

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TOP LEFT- Charles Emmenecker
TOP RIGHT – Bradford Huebner
BOTTOM LEFT – Michael Lee Teadt
BOTTOM RIGHT – Rudy Coenen

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http://www.toledoblade.com/Courts/2014/12/20/3-ordered-to-pay-over-800-000-restitution.html

 

Three men convicted in a scheme to sell Iraqi currency and seats in two nonexistent hedge funds must share the burden of paying more than $800,000 in restitution, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Bradford Huebner, 67, of Ottawa Hills, Charles Emmenecker, 67, of Sylvania, and Rudolph Coenen, 49, of Jacksonville were ordered by U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary to pay $836,124.60 in restitution.

At a jury trial in May, Huebner and Emmenecker were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.

Huebner, who also was found guilty of mail fraud, 30 counts of structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements, and nine counts of money laundering, was sentenced to 87 months in prison, while Emmenecker was sentenced to 33 months.

In a plea agreement with the government, Coenen pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud, and five counts of money laundering.

He testified at his co-defendants’ trial and was subsequently sentenced to 63 months in prison.

The restitution amount ordered Friday included $732,750 for the losses suffered by investors who paid $750 each for placements in hedge funds that were sold but never created. It also included $103,374.60 for losses caused by the dinar fraud.

At a hearing Thursday, Coenen’s attorney, Donna Grill, argued he should not have to pay restitution for losses suffered by those who purchased dinar because he did not profit from the currency sales.

Emmenecker contended he should not have to pay restitution for the hedge funds because he was not involved in promoting them and was found, at the time of sentencing, to have had a minor role in the conspiracy.

The judge disagreed, writing in his order that Emmenecker “was involved in the wire fraud conspiracy in its heyday and fueled the ‘dinar hysteria’ which eventually led to the fraudulent hedge fund.”

Stephen Hartman, who was co-counsel for Huebner, argued the court could not order restitution based on estimates of how much investors paid for dinar and how much they theoretically would lose if they sold it.

“Here we have actual people who paid actual money and, if they don’t have a provable loss, we can’t ask [the defendants] to pay restitution under the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act,” he said.

Judge Zouhary disagreed, writing in his order that “courts routinely value loss by determining the amount investors lost because of a defendant’s fraud.”

The judge also ordered Huebner and Michael Teadt, 67, of Maumee to pay $5,767.50 in restitution for their conviction on a single count of mail fraud related to the filing of a false application for federal job-training funds. Teadt, who was placed on probation for two years for that offense, was acquitted at trial on all charges related to the conspiracy.

Coenen, Huebner, and Emmenecker sought to delay the dates they were ordered to report to prison, but Judge Zouhary denied those motions. Coenen and Huebner cited medical reasons; Emmenecker wanted to spend time going over his case with the attorney handling his appeal.

Judge Zouhary said the prisons where Coenen and Huebner will serve their sentences are equipped to handle their medical needs, and that Emmenecker can meet with his attorney at the facility.

Emmenecker and Huebner are to report Monday, while Coenen is to begin serving his sentence Jan. 2.

MIGUEL ARNULFO VALLE VALLE + LUIS ALONSO VALLE VALLE, HONDURAN CARTEL LEADERS, EXTRADITED TO US TO FACE MONEY LAUNDERING + DRUG CHARGES

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LEFT – Luis Alonso Valle Valle
CENTER – Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle

http://www.fbi.gov/washingtondc/press-releases/2014/leaders-of-honduran-drug-cartel-face-federal-drug-and-money-laundering-charges-in-the-eastern-district-of-virginia

Leaders of Honduran Drug Cartel Face Federal Drug and Money Laundering Charges in the Eastern District of Virginia

Los Valles Drug Trafficking Organization Imported Tons of Cocaine into the Eastern District of Virginia and Throughout United States

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeDecember 19, 2014
  • Eastern District of Virginia(703) 299-3700

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, 42 and his brother, Luis Alonso Valle Valle, 45, both Honduran nationals, were extradited yesterday from Honduras to face federal criminal charges in the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Florida. On June 19, 2014, a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia returned a superseding indictment charging the brothers and 13 other individuals with committing drug and money laundering crimes from 2005 through June 2014.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Washington Field Division; and Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the defendants’ initial appearance before U.S. District Judge Ivan Davis.

“As leaders of one of the world’s largest drug trafficking organizations, the Valle Valle brothers are responsible for importing tons of cocaine into the United States each year,” said U.S. Attorney Boente. “Their arrest and extradition is the result of terrific work by our investigating agencies and respective federal governments. I would like to thank the President of the Honduran Republic, Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, for the assistance and cooperation of the Honduran government during this investigation.”

“The success of this international investigation is a great example of coordination and cooperation between the DEA, FBI, Virginia State Police, and the Government of Honduras” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Colder. “We look forward to the continued bilateral cooperation in addressing the significant threat of these international drug trafficking organizations.”

“The arrest and extradition of these Honduran drug kingpins is a major step in the international cooperation to combat international narcotics traffickers,” said Assistant Director in Charge McCabe. “Special agents and intelligence analysts at the FBI Washington Field Office in coordination with DEA, Fairfax County Police Department and our counterparts in Honduras worked diligently to investigate this case and bring these two to the United States to face justice.”

Both defendants face a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

According to court documents, the defendants lead one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in Honduras, the “VALLE DTO”, responsible for the importation and distribution of multi-ton quantities of cocaine into the United States, valued at millions of dollars. Honduras is a major transit country for Colombian cocaine and other controlled substances. The VALLE DTO is based in Copan, located in the northwest region of the country along the border of Guatemala. The defendants worked with other members of their organization to transport cocaine from Honduras through Guatemala to Mexico, and into the United States. Additionally, members of the VALLE DTO sent smaller quantities of cocaine directly into the Eastern District of Virginia, and other parts of the United States, using human couriers.

Drug proceeds were laundered from the United States and elsewhere to members of the VALLE DTO in Honduras through wire transfers, bulk cash payments, and deposits into Honduran banking institutions. The VALLE DTO relied on violence and public corruption to further the objectives of the organization.

On August 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the VALLE DTO, or the “Los Valles Drug Trafficking Organization,” and the defendants individually, under the Kingpin Act as significant foreign narcotics traffickers.

This case was investigated by the DEA, FBI Washington Field Office, Fairfax County Police Department, and the Virginia State Police as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), Operation “Javelin.” The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.

Mr. Boente would like thank the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; the FBI’s Washington Field Office; the DEA’s Tegucigalpa Country Office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; the Fairfax County Police Department; and the Virginia State Police for their efforts in the investigation.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:14-cr-135.

HONDURAS: INICIA PROCESO DE EXTRADICION CONTRA HERMANOS VALLE

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Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle (42) catalogado por la Policía, como el jefe del cartel de la droga; al fondo la enfermera Michelle María Henríquez Miselán.
Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle (42) catalogado por la Policía, como el jefe del cartel de la droga; al fondo la enfermera Michelle María Henríquez Miselán.

http://www.tiempo.hn/naci%C3%B3n/item/3851-capturan-en-una-hacienda-y-sin-guardaespaldas-a-otros-2-hermanos-valle-valle

Los Hermanos Valle Valle, Miguel Arnulfo (42) y Luis Alonso fueron trasladados la mañana de este lunes bajo estrictas medidas de seguridad a la Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ) en Tegucigalpa, capital de Honduras, adonde se les dicto arresto preventivo. Los hermanos acusados de narcotráfico se presentaron ante un juez natural en audiencia de notificación de petición de extradición a solicitud del gobierno de Estados Unidos. 

En la primera audiencia del proceso de extradición se les dio a conocer los cargos y derechos a aplicarse durante el proceso.
Melvin Duarte, portavoz de la CSJ, informó que una tercera persona quien fue capturada junto con los hermanos Valle no fue presentada esta mañana ya que no fue requerida para ser sujeta a este mecanismo.

Este lunes se estableció el día 6 de noviembre del corriente año a las 9:00 am para iniciar la audiencia de presentación de pruebas. A los acusados se les imputan los delitos de conspiración para distribuir un mínimo de 5 kilogramos de cocaína violando el artículo 21 del Código Penal de Estados Unidos donde se establece la cocaína como un producto controlado. Además el Gobierno de Estados Unidos los acusa de lavado de activos y narcotráfico.

La Captura
Atrincherados en su hacienda, armados con fusiles M16 y AK 47, y sin guardaespaldas, estaban los hermanos Miguel Arnulfo (42)y Luis Alonso Valle Valle (45), luego que unos 80 efectivos de las Tropas Integrales Gubernamentales de Respuesta Especial de Seguridad (TIGRES), y personal de la DEA de los Estados Unidos, los rodearon y capturaron.

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La detención de los hermanos Valle Valle, los más buscados por la Policía hondureña y solicitados por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos por tráfico de drogas, se produjo a las 9: 30 de la mañana de ayer en la aldea Potrerillos, municipio de Florida, Copán, frontera con Guatemala.

Horas después de la captura, el director de la Policía, Ramón Antonio Sabillón, confirmó que la detención de los hermanos Valle se produjo después de varios meses de seguimiento y recibir información que a cinco minutos de la frontera con Guatemala, se desplazaban los presuntos narcotraficantes.

Junto a los Valle también fue capturada la enfermera y presunta mujer de uno de los detenidos, Michelle María Henríquez Miselán, quienes están catalogados por el Departamento del Tesoro de los Estados  Unidos, junto a otras parientes, como los cabecillas de uno de los carteles más poderosos de Centroamérica que trafican con droga de Suramérica hacia los Estado Unidos de Norteamérica.

Miguel Arnulfo y Luis Alonso serán presentados en las próximas horas ante un juez con jurisdicción nacional donde enfrentarán cargos por tráfico de drogas y posteriormente se realizarán los trámites de rigor para extraditarlos hacia los Estados Unidos, junto a su hermano menor José Inocente Valle, preso y detenido el jueves anterior en Copán, por el mismo delito.

La familia Valle Valle la conforman Miguel Arnulfo;Luis Alonso; José Inocente y Digna Azucena, ésta última detenida y presa en julio pasado en los Estados Unidos, pero aún falta por capturar a José Reynerio Valle Valle, quien supuestamente está refugiado en Guatemala.

EXTREMAS MEDIDAS DE SEGURIDAD
Alrededor de las 2: 00 de la tarde, los dos detenidos fueron trasladados a la capital bajo estrictas medidas de seguridad, en un helicóptero de la Policía y luego recluidos en celdas especiales del Comando de Operaciones Cobras, de la colonia 21 de Octubre de esta capital.

A las 6: 00 de la tarde, el director de la Policía, Ramón Sabillón, leyó un comunicado mediante el cual brindaba algunos detalles sobre la captura de los hermanos Valle, y, además se refirió a la solicitud de extradición que hizo el gobierno de los Estados Unidos.

Durante la conferencia, efectivos de la policía TIGRES y COBRAS, con sus rostros cubiertos, con chalecos antibalas y fuertemente armados, presentaron a los tres hermanos Valle, incluyendo a José Inocente, quien ya estaba recluido en esa sede policial.

Los tres presuntos narcos estaban esposados de pies y manos, con sus rostros descubiertos y sin chalecos antibalas, y durante la conferencia de prensa observaban hacia todos lados, por el enorme despliegue policial que los cuidaba, así como el abundante número de periodistas de la prensa nacional y extranjera que cubría la inusual noticia.

Durante la presentación de los hermanos  Valle, en el Comando de Operaciones Cobras no se observó la presencia de la joven mujer, Michelle María y según trascendió extraoficialmente, el motivo se debió que en ese momento presentó problemas de salud relacionados con la presión arterial.

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A través del comunicado, el general director Sabillón dijo que “tres de los hermanos Valle Valle ya se encuentran en manos de la justicia y con estas capturas se refleja la voluntad política para que Honduras se ponga de pie y recupere la paz y la tranquilidad”.

Luego agregó: “El gobierno de Honduras presidido por don Juan Orlando Hernández viene haciendo operaciones sistemáticas, como la Operación Morazán que han permitido desmontar poderosas estructuras del crimen y la corrupción que entronizadas en el país han causado violencia y graves daños a la población”.

Tras la captura de los presuntos narcotraficantes, el embajador de los Estados Unidos,James Nealon, através de su cuenta de Twitter escribió: “Con el arrestode los hermanos Valle Valle, Honduras envía un mensaje claro a los narcos y a otros que piensan que están sobre la ley”.

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Luis Alonso Valle Valle (45), es el mayor de todos sus hermanos.  

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La enfermera y presunta mujer de uno de los detenidos, Michelle María Henríquez Miselán, presentó ayer problemas de salud.

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En una caleta (compartimiento falso), de una parte de la hacienda potrerillos, estaba oculta esta fuerte cantidad de dólares, aún no establecidos.   

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El director de la Policía, Ramón Sabillón (al centro y de uniforme), confirmó la detención de los hermanos Valle.

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Los tres detenidos, durante la presentación en la conferencia de prensa, en el Comando de Operaciones Cobras.  

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A las 2: 00 de la tarde arribó a la capital procedente de Copán el helicóptero, con los presuntos narcotraficantes.

DETAILS ON THE 11 PEOPLE + ENTITIES JUST SANCTIONED BY US TREASURY FOR VIOLATING SYRIA SANCTIONS

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BANKER ALERT

http://www.truthtechnologies.com/articles/display/ofac-alert-12-17-2014-ofac-alert-syria-designations-update-to-the-sdn-and-foreign-sanctions-evaders-

Syria Designations; Update to the SDN and Foreign Sanctions Evaders Lists
12/17/2014
OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL
Specially Designated Nationals List Update
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The following individuals have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

ABDULKARIM, Wael (a.k.a. ABDULKARIM, Mohammad Wael), Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 1973; POB Damascus, Syria; nationality Syria; Managing Director, Pangates International Corp. Ltd.; General Manager, Pangates International Corp. Ltd.; Director, Abdulkarim Group (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: PANGATES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION LIMITED; Linked To: ABDULKARIM GROUP).

BARQAWI, Ahmad (a.k.a. AL-BARQAWI, Ahmad; a.k.a. BARQAWI, Ahmad Abed Allah; a.k.a. BARQAWI, Ahmad Abedallah; a.k.a. BARQAWI, Ahmed; a.k.a. “BARQAWI, Hamodeh”), Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 1985; POB Damascus, Syria; General Manager, Pangates International Corp. Ltd.; General Manager, Maxima Middle East Trading Co. (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: PANGATES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION LIMITED; Linked To: MAXIMA MIDDLE EAST TRADING CO.).

BEKTAS, Halis; DOB 13 Feb 1966; citizen Switzerland; Passport X0906223 (Switzerland) (individual) [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].

HOLLEBRAND, Alexander (a.k.a. HOLLEBRAND, Sander); DOB 20 Dec 1954; POB Netherlands (individual) [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].

VAN MAZIJK, Paul; DOB 24 Jan 1958; Passport NSK7K05F4 (Netherlands) (individual) [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].

The following entities have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

ABDULKARIM GROUP (a.k.a. ABD-AL-KARIM GROUP; a.k.a. ALKARIM FOR TRADE & INDUSTRY L.L.C.; a.k.a. ALKARIM FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY; a.k.a. MOHD. WAEL ABDULKARIM & PARTNERS CO.; a.k.a. WAEL ABDULKARIM AND PARTNERS), Abu Rumaneh, Ibn Al Haytham St., Besides Indian Embassy, Building No. 7, 1st Floor, Office No. 5, Damascus, Syria; Jaber Bin Hayan St. No. 162, Akkad & Sufi Bldg No. 1, 1st Floor, Damascus, Syria; P.O. Box 5797, Damascus, Syria; P.O. Box 30693, Damascus, Syria; Adra-Tal El Kordi Triangle PC, Damascus 30693, Syria; Riyad El Solh Street, Beirut 12347, Lebanon; Website abdulkarimgroup.com [SYRIA] (Linked To: PANGATES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION LIMITED).

BLUEMARINE SA (a.k.a. BLUE MARINE SHIPPING AGENCY S.A.; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE AG; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE LTD), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].

MAXIMA MIDDLE EAST TRADING CO., P.O. Box 122925, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone, SAIF Lounge, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Suite 13, First Floor Oliaji Trade Centre, Francis Rachel Street, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles [SYRIA] (Linked To: ABDULKARIM GROUP; Linked To: PANGATES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION LIMITED).

RIXO INTERNATIONAL TRADING LTD., Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland; Website http://www.rixointernational.com [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].

SKIRRON HOLDING SA (a.k.a. SKIRRON HOLDING AG), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA].

STAROIL B.V. (a.k.a. STAROIL S.A.), Wilhelminastraat 43 A, Haarlem 2011 VK, Netherlands; 30 A Rte de Chene, Geneva 1208, Switzerland; Registration ID 819860578 (Netherlands); V.A.T. Number NL 819860578B01 (Netherlands); Commercial Registry Number 34311024 (Netherlands) [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].
In addition, the following individuals have been added to OFAC’s Foreign Sanctions Evaders List:
BEKTAS, Halis; DOB 13 Feb 1966; citizen Switzerland; Passport X0906223 (Switzerland) (individual) [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].
HOLLEBRAND, Alexander (a.k.a. HOLLEBRAND, Sander); DOB 20 Dec 1954; POB Netherlands (individual) [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].
VAN MAZIJK, Paul; DOB 24 Jan 1958; Passport NSK7K05F4 (Netherlands) (individual) [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].
The following entities have been added to OFAC’s Foreign Sanctions Evaders List:
BLUEMARINE SA (a.k.a. BLUE MARINE SHIPPING AGENCY S.A.; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE AG; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE LTD), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].
RIXO INTERNATIONAL TRADING LTD., Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland; Website http://www.rixointernational.com [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].
STAROIL B.V. (a.k.a. STAROIL S.A.), Wilhelminastraat 43 A, Haarlem 2011 VK, Netherlands; 30 A Rte de Chene, Geneva 1208, Switzerland; Registration ID 819860578 (Netherlands); V.A.T. Number NL 819860578B01 (Netherlands); Commercial Registry Number 34311024 (Netherlands) [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].

US TREASURY JUST SANCTIONED 11 PEOPLE + ENTITIES FOR VIOLATING SYRIA SANCTIONS

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Treasury Imposes Additional Sanctions Against Syrian Regime Supporters and Sanctions Evaders

http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl9718.aspx

12/17/2014

Action Targets a Global Network of Individuals and Companies Providing Specialty Petroleum Products to Syria and Facilitating Deceptive Transactions for the Syrian Regime
 
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Treasury Department took action to increase pressure on those supporting the Syrian regime’s procurement of specialty fuels and base oil used in its military campaign against the Syrian people.  Treasury designated 11 individuals and entities, located in four countries, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13582 for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, the Syrian regime, previously designated Pangates International Corporation Ltd. (Pangates), or other persons designated pursuant to E.O. 13582.  Treasury also sanctioned six of these individuals and entities pursuant to E.O. 13608 for having facilitated deceptive transactions for or on behalf of the Government of Syria and Pangates.
“We are committed to exposing, isolating, and targeting the Syrian regime’s support networks,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.  “So long as the illegitimate Assad regime carries out brutal attacks on its own people, we will seek to disrupt its critical military support networks and increase the financial and economic pressure it faces.”
The Syrian-based company Abdulkarim Group was designated today pursuant to E.O. 13582 for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, directly or indirectly, Pangates and the Government of Syria.  The United Arab Emirates-based company Maxima Middle East Trading Co. (Maxima) was designated today pursuant to E.O. 13582 for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, directly or indirectly, Pangates and the Abdulkarim Group.  In addition, Wael Abdulkarim was designated today for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Pangates and Abdulkarim Group.  Ahmad Barqawi was designated today for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Pangates and Maxima.
Also designated today are the Netherlands-based company Staroil B.V. and two of its senior executives, Alexander Hollebrand and Paul Van Mazijk.  All three are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13582 for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, directly or indirectly, Pangates and the Government of Syria.  Staroil, Hollebrand, and Van Mazijk were also sanctioned pursuant to E.O. 13608 for having facilitated deceptive transactions for or on behalf of Pangates and the Government of Syria.
In addition, Treasury designated Switzerland-based Rixo International Trading Ltd (Rixo International) and Bluemarine SA, as well as Halis Bektas, a senior executive of both companies, pursuant to E.O. 13582 for acting for or on behalf of the Abdulkarim Group, Pangates, the Government of Syria, and other persons designated pursuant to E.O. 13582. Switzerland-based Skirron Holding was also designated today pursuant to E.O. 13582 for being owned or controlled by Halis Bektas.  Rixo International, Bluemarine SA, and Halis Bektas were also sanctioned pursuant to E.O. 13608 for having facilitated deceptive transactions for or on behalf of the Government of Syria.
The activities of Staroil and the Abdulkarim Group in the spring and summer of 2014 were part of a pattern that goes back at least a year.  In November 2013, the Abdulkarim Group and Staroil arranged for the shipment of aviation fuel products to Syria through an intermediary port in Poland, in an effort to avoid sanctions against the Government of Syria.  These shipments included one for over 1,300 drums of aviation fuel from a Polish company which was likely destined for Syria, but showed evidence of falsification through the mislabeling and misrepresentation of the cargo’s true contents and destination.
During the spring and summer of 2014, Rixo International demonstrated a pattern of involvement in the transfer of aviation fuel via various intermediaries to Syria.  Rixo International’s facilitation of this movement of aviation fuel helped mask both the role of the Abdulkarim Group and its known associates, including Pangates and Maxima, as well as the true destinations of the aviation fuel.  Halis Bektas was a key player in these activities at Rixo International, among others.
In July 2014, another Swiss firm, Bluemarine SA, joined with Rixo International to work with the Abdulkarim Group and Maxima in their deceptive practices and facilitation of the movement of aviation fuel to Syria.  For example, there is evidence that shipping documents may have been falsified to hide Syria as the ultimate destination of the aviation fuel. Additionally, Bluemarine and Rixo apparently employed non-standard practices, likely with deceptive intent, such as requesting rapid changes to vessels’ destinations to Syria from internationally acceptable and non-sanctioned nations such as Turkey, and presenting inaccurate product descriptions in shipping documents and invoices.
In June 2014, Staroil, UAE-based companies Pangates and Maxima, and Abdulkarim Group, worked with a Russian oil and gas firm to obtain various types of base oil for transfer to government-controlled refineries in Syria.  The base oil shipments were destined for the refineries in Homs and Damascus, which the Department of the Treasury identified pursuant to E.O. 13582 as owned or controlled by the Government of Syria on May 8, 2014.  The consignee of the shipment was Pangates, and there is evidence that Staroil and Pangates officials engaged in deceptive measures, such as leaving off the actual destination for the base oil.
In April 2014, the Abdulkarim Group was awarded a contract for the transport of significant quantities of base oil to Syria.  The Abdulkarim Group provided Alexander Hollebrand, a senior official at Staroil, with detailed specifications for base oil to be discharged in Baniyas, Syria, for use in the Homs Refinery.  Alexander Hollebrand and Staroil could likely secure 11,000 metric tons of base oil for loading from abroad.
In August 2013, Staroil shipped 11,000 metric tons of gasoil from Turkey to Baniyas, Syria.  Staroil was the charterer for the vessel transporting the gasoil and Paul Van Mazijk, a Staroil official, and the Abdulkarim Group, were involved in the shipment.  Alexander Hollebrand subsequently worked with the Abdulkarim Group in November 2013 to ship 10,000 metric tons of gasoline from Romania to Baniyas, Syria.
As of early 2013, Pangates extended its contract with Staroil for the purchase of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) until at least April 30, 2013.  The Abdulkarim Group and Alexander Hollebrand were aware that Pangates had extended its contract, where Staroil would supply Pangates with LPG and be responsible for overseeing the shipment process to Syria.
As of 2014, Wael Abdulkarim is the Managing Director of Pangates and the Director of the Abdulkarim Group.  During the spring and summer of 2014, Wael Abdulkarim, in his management roles at Pangates and Abdulkarim Group, worked to arrange numerous shipments of base oils and aviation gasoline to Syria.
As of 2014, Ahmad Barqawi is the General Manager of UAE-based companies Pangates and Maxima.  In the spring of 2014, in his management role at Pangates, Ahmad Barqawi participated in supplying significant quantities of base oils to Syria.  In the late summer 2014, in his management role at Pangates, Ahmad Barqawi, along with the Abdulkarim Group, worked to arrange the supply of large quantities of aviation gasoline to Syria.  In the summer of 2014, in his management role at Maxima, Ahmad Barqawi worked to supply significant quantities of base oils to Syria.
Today’s actions designating individuals and entities pursuant to E.O. 13582 freeze any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction and generally prohibit all financial and commercial transactions by any U.S. person with the designees.
In addition, the actions under E.O. 13608 generally prohibit transactions involving the sanctioned persons that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction, including transactions by U.S. persons, wherever located.
For identifier information on the individuals and entities designated today, please click here.