DOJ Charges Russian, Syrian Nationals With Money Laundering

Eight Russian and Syrian nationals were charged Tuesday with laundering millions of U.S. dollars for a Russian company that shipped jet fuel to Syria in violation of U.S. sanctions, according to the Department of Justice. The charges accuse the eight men of conspiring to “cause banks in the United States to provide financial services to Syria and to a Syrian SDN without having first obtained the required license,” among a series of other violations that allegedly occurred between October 2011 and October 2017. If convicted, the men will be required to forfeit almost $3 million, and two petroleum tankers.