The Havana Journal has obtained a copy of the OFAC Requirement to Furnish Information letter sent by certified mail to Michael Moore with regards to his “alleged” trip to Cuba in March 2007.
We have scanned the letter and have posted the digital text of the document below:
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
WASHINGTON. D.C. 20220 May 2 2007
CERTIFIED MAIL - REQUIREMENT TO FURNISH INFORMATION No: CT-336858
Michael F. Moore
Dear Mr. Moore:
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) administers a comprehensive trade embargo against Cuba as set forth in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515 (the “Regulations”). Section 515.201(b) of the Regulations prohibits all unauthorized travel-related transactions with respect to Cuba by persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Travel-related transactions may be authorized only through general or specific licenses issued by OFAC. Violations of Regulations may result in civil and/or criminal penalties.
OFAC has received information indicating that you traveled to Cuba during March of 2007. This Office has no record that a specific license was issued authorizing you to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba. OFAC has information indicating that you claimed to qualify under the provision for general license for full-time journalists. An application dated October 12, 2006 was submitted by Coldflat Productions, which included you, but no determination had been made by OFAC. OFAC Enforcement is conducting a civil investigation for possible unlicensed transactions under the Regulations surrounding your alleged trip to Cuba. The information you provide in response to this letter may serve as the basis of further civil enforcement action by OFAC.
Pursuant to section 501.602 of the Reporting, Procedures and Penalties Regulations, 31 CFR Part 501, you are hereby required to provide this Office with a detailed written report concerning your alleged trip to Cuba. Your report must specifically respond to all the items enumerated below.
1. Provide your dates of travel (include date and point of departure from the U.S., third country stopover points, date of arrival in and departure from Cuba and date of return to the U.S.).
2. Provide the reason for your trip to Cuba and your itinerary within Cuba.
3. If you claim that your trip to Cuba qualifies for a general license for journalistic activities, provide the following:
a. Evidence that you are regularly employed as a journalist by a news reporting organization or;
b. Evidence that you are regularly employed as a supporting or technical personnel by a news reporting organization.
4. State the cost of your airline or ocean vessel tickets and the name of the individual or entity that paid for each ticket (provide a copy of each ticket receipt).
5. Provide the name and address of any travel agency that you used to arrange travel to Cuba, the service each agency provided to you and the amount you paid to each agency (provide a copy o f receipts).
6. Provide the name and location of hotel(s) or other place(s) where you stayed while in Cuba and the amount you paid (include method of payment and receipts).
7. For each individual who was part of this trip, provide their name, address and purpose for participation..
8. Provide any additional information which you may wish OFAC to consider concerning your trip to Cuba.
Your report is due at OFAC within 20 business days from the reciept of this letter and should be addressed as follows:
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Office of Foreign Assets Control
Attn: John Dickie
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Annex)
Washington, D.C. 20220
You should be aware that failure to respond to this letter may result in the imposition of civil penalties by OFAC. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Dickie at (202) 622-2430
Dale Thompson, Chief
General Investigations & Field Operations
Office of Foreign Assets Control