FinCEN Expands Efforts Against Graft in Venezuela, Trafficking and Cybercrime

Ken Blanco, now director of the U.S. financial intelligence unit, speaks to reporters in New York City on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. During a speech at New York University on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Blanco outlined his bureau’s efforts to track corrupt proceeds from Venezuela. (Getty Images)



The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe announced that its Program Office in Bishkek organized a five-day training seminar for customs officers in Kyrgyzstan to improve methods for tracking and disrupting drug trafficking, cybercrime and money laundering.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe announced that it organized a five-day training course aimed at further strengthening the capacity of Kazakhstan to combat terrorist financing and implement international standards, in particular United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

Enforcement Actions

The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ordered Expedia Group, Inc. to pay $325,406 in order to settle potential civil liability for assisting 2,221 persons with Cuba-related travel services in apparent violation of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department issued a $222,705 civil penalty against the Florida-based subsidiary of Hotelbeds Group to settle potential violations of the Cuba Assets Control Regulations.