FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 24, 2017
Lebanese Businessman Tied to Hizballah Arrested for Violating IEEPA and Defrauding the U.S. Government Kassim Tajideen, a prominent financial supporter of the Hizballah terror organization, has been arrested and charged with evading U.S. sanctions imposed on him because of his financial support of Hizballah.
Tajideen, 62, of Beirut, Lebanon, was arrested overseas on March 12, 2017, based on an 11-count indictment unsealed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia following his arrival to the United States. Tajideen made his initial court appearance today before Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather.
The arrest and indictment are the results of a two-year investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and assisted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The effort is part of DEA’s Project Cassandra, which targets Hizaballah’s global criminal support network -dubbed by the DEA as the Business Affairs Component (BAC) that operates as a logistics, procurement, and financing arm for Hizaballah.
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Court Case
This is a two-part assignment:
- Describe OFAC’s mission and responsibilities and answer the following questions:
- Does OFAC have the authority to investigate criminal charges?
- How does OFAC enhance our National security?
- What is OFAC’s relationship with law enforcement agencies?
- Read the indictment and press release below and then describe the investigative techniques that you would have used as part of the law enforcement investigative team. Please include with your discussion a listing of which BSA forms may be relevant to the investigation and your reasons for including them.