The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is stepping up enforcement on Cuba travel cases. Last month OFAC entered into 113 informal settlements, averaging a thousand dollars each, with individuals who engaged in unlicensed travel to Cuba. Settlements almost doubled the previous months and were one of the highest since OFAC began publishing its reports in 2003.
Attorneys representing individuals in Cuba travel related cases have noticed a marked increase in requests for representation from individuals who have been contacted by OFAC for purported unlicensed Cuba travel related transactions.
In January, Judge Robert Barton - an administrative law judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, who was contracted by OFAC to hear Cuba travel related cases resigned his position. OFAC recently contracted Judge Miriam Trudelle of the Federal Maritime Commission to hear Cuba cases. At the rate OFAC is investigating travel to Cuba, they are going to need more than four judges to hear all of the cases before the five-year statute of limitations expires.