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August 2007 OFAC Civil Penalty Notice - Travelocity pays $182,750 to settle claims

Posted August 11, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL
ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION FOR Auguts, 2007

ENTITIES - 31 CFR 501.805 (d)(1)(i)

Travelocity.com Settles Cuban Embargo Program Allegations:

Travelocity.com, Fort Worth, TX (“Travelocity”) has remitted $182,750 to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations by Travelocity occurring on
1,458 occasions between January 1998 and April 2004. OFAC alleged that Travelocity provided travel-related services in which Cuba or Cuban nationals had an interest by arranging air travel and hotel reservations to, from, with or within Cuba without an OFAC license. Travelocity has cooperated with OFAC’s investigation and has implemented corrective measures and improvements to its OFAC compliance program. Travelocity did not voluntarily disclose this matter to OFAC.

American Express Travel Related Services Co., Inc. (“TRS”) Settles Cuban Embargo Program Allegations:

TRS has remitted $16,625 to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations by American Express Company (Mexico), a wholly-owned subsidiary. In December 2002 and in October 2003, American Express Company (Mexico) made sales of group travel related packages to Cuba. TRS voluntarily disclosed this matter to OFAC.

INDIVIDUALS – 31 CFR 501.805 (d)(1)(ii)

One individual has agreed to a settlement totaling $999.45 for dealing in property in which Cuba or a Cuban national had an interest: In October 2004, November 2004, January 2005, and March 2005, the individual purchased Cuban-origin cigars offered for sale on the Internet. The individual did not voluntary disclose this matter to OFAC.

One individual was assessed a penalty totaling $510.00 for allegedly dealing in property in which Cuba or a Cuban national had an interest: On or about July 20, and September 23, 2003, the Individual purchased Cuban-origin cigars offered for sale on the Internet. The individual did not voluntarily disclose this matter to OFAC.

READ THE ENTIRE REPORT HERE

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Legal Note:

Information concerning the civil penalty process is discussed in OFAC regulations governing the various sanctions programs or, in the case of sanctions regulations issued pursuant to the Trading with the Enemy Act, in 31 CFR part 501. Civil penalty procedures are also discussed in OFAC’s proposed Enforcement Guidelines, 68 FR 4422 - 4429 (January 29, 2003).

Read the Cuba Sanctions page from the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Member Comments

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On August 11, 2007, manfredz wrote:

wow, a whole $510.00 penalty for dealing with the enemy .....
wonder how many tax dollars were spent to reach that .....

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On August 11, 2007, publisher wrote:

Not sure if it is true now but a few years ago there were more people at OFAC watching for Cuba travel violations than chasing bin Laden money.

Is travelocity more of a threat than terrorists? How many people at OFAC could be investigating terrorism instead they are monitoring travel websites for Americans traveling to Cuba.

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On August 15, 2007, publisher wrote:

The Miami Herald picked up the story and dug into the news a bit HERE.

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On August 17, 2007, calwellander wrote:

Typical insane government thinking, fine people for traveling to Cuba or purchasing a safe Cuban cigar but encourage them buy all the unsafe / poison stuff from China they can.  I think it’s time to end this stupid embargo and get the U.S.A. out of NAFTA & the WTO.
        Sincerely, Cal…