Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
- April 23, 2014: Pennsylvania Engineering and Manufacturing Firm and CEO Charged with Shipping Machinery To Iran. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania charged the engineering firm and the CEO with conspiracy to evade export reporting requirements and with attempting to smuggle a horizontal lathe machine to Iran, in violation of U.S. export regulations. A horizontal lathe, valued at more than $80,000, is used in the production of high grade steel, a product used in the manufacture of automobile and aircraft parts.
- April 24, 2014: Engineering Company to Pay $45,000 to Settle with BIS for Prohibited Export to Spain. The engineering company exported a hot melting prepreg machine, valued at $825,212, to Spain without obtaining a license from the Department of Commerce. The company agreed to a civil settlement with the Department for $45,000.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
- April 14, 2014: Federal Circuit Upholds $1.8 Million Judgment Against Lumber Company in Customs Dispute. In a suit originally brought by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Circuit affirmed the U.S. Court of International Trade's January 2013 decision that Millennium Lumber Distribution Co. Ltd. and XL Specialty Insurance Co. owed around $1.83 million, plus interest, for the company's failure to obtain export permits for shipments that were subject to the U.S. – Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement.
False Claims Act (FCA)
- April 10, 2014: $10 Million Settlement in Apparel Duty Evasion Suit. Two apparel importers settled a False Claims Act suit after admitting to fraudulently undervaluing imports to avoid millions of dollars in tariffs at the border.
- April 21, 2014: OtterBox Agrees to Pay $4.3 Million to Settle FCA Customs Suit. Otter Products LLC (OtterBox) decided to settle a former employee's allegations that it violated the FCA and the Tariff Act of 1930 by knowingly underpaying customs duties owed to the government. The government said that OtterBox failed to disclose the value of "assists" from the dutiable value it declared to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on entry documents for imported products, among other allegedly false statements.
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
- April 23, 2014 – New Milenium Cash Exchange, Inc. and its President and Owner Consent to the Assessment of a Civil Money Penalty in the Sum of $10,000. New Milenium Cash Exchange, Inc. and its President and Owner, Flor Angella Lopez, entered into a Consent to the Assessment of Civil Money with FinCEN. Through its investigation, FinCEN determined that since at least February 2008, New Milenium Cash Exchange, Inc. and its President and Owner, Flor Angella Lopez, willfully violated the Bank Secrecy Act's program, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements.
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
- GAC Bunker Fuels (USA) LLC Has Agreed to Pay $157,500 for an Alleged Violation of the Iranian Transactiosn and Sanctions Regulations. In November 2008, GAC Bunker Fuels (USA) LLC (GAC) supplied bunker fuel in Paranagua, Brazil for an Iranian vessel. OFAC alleged that the transaction was a violation of Section 560.206 of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. The value of the transaction was $513,141. GAC did not voluntarily dislcose the alleged violation.
- Sea Tel Inc. Has Agreed to Pay $85,113 for Alleged Violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. Sea Tel Inc. was accused with exporting 16 antenna systems to its distributor, Shindon Digitech Co. Ltd., between November 20, 2007 and February 26, 2009, with knowledge or reason to know that they were intended specifically for reexportation, directly or indirectly, to Iran. The total value of these transactions was $378, 281. The transactions were voluntarily disclosed to OFAC by Sea Tel.
- CWT B.V. Has Agreed to Pay $5,990,490 to Settle Potential Civil Liability for Apparent Violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations. In 2006, CWT B.V. (CWT), a travel service provider incorporated in the Netherlands, became majority-owned by U.S. persons and thus subject to U.S. jurisdiction pursuant to the Trading with the Enemy Act and the Cuban Assets Control Regulations. From August 2006 through November 2012, CWT allegedly dealt in property in which Cuba or its nationals had an interest. CWT's business units outside the United States provided services related to travel to or from Cuba, assisting 44,430 persons. CWT voluntarily self-disclosed the apparent violations to OFAC.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – FCPA
- April 9, 2014: SEC Charged HP With Violating the FCPA and HP Agreed to Pay $108 Million to Settle. The SEC's order instituting the settlement found that HP's Russian subsidiary paid more than $2 million through agents and shell companies to a Russian government official to retain a multi-million dollar contract with the federal prosecutor's office. The order also stated that HP's subsidiary in Poland provided gifts and cash bribes, valued over $600,000, to government officials to obtain national police academy contracts. The SEC also found that HP's subsidiary in Mexico paid more than $1 million in inflated commissions to a consultant with close ties to company officials, and the money was then funneled to one of those officials. HP agreed to settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) charges for over $108 million.