United Nations FCU Fined $500,000 For Violating Cuba Sanctions

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WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department announced yesterday that United Nations FCU agreed to pay a $500,000 fine to settle claims it violated the Office of Foreign Asset Control sanctions on Cuba.

Treasury said the $1.5 billion credit union dealt in property in which Cuba or a Cuban national had an interest in violation of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations by engaging in unauthorized financial transactions on behalf of its members/account holders who were blocked by the sanctions.

Treasury said the credit union faced a fine of as much as $5 million but the penalty was reduced because of its cooperation and actions to remedy the violations. The violations were not voluntarily self-disclosed by UN FCU and were non-egregious in nature.

The credit union has not violated OFAC sanctions before.

Officials at UN FCU were unavailable to comment last night.

 

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