US blacklists Pakistani nationals, firms for helping Russia evade sanctions

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The United States has slapped sanctions connected six Pakistani nationals and 4 of their companies for helping Russian entities to evade sanctions by utilizing fraudulent documents aft Moscow attempted to power the 2020 US statesmanlike election.

In a statement, the US Department of Treasury said that the companies are Second Eye Solution (SES), besides known arsenic Forwarderz, on with its 3 different frontals Fresh Air Farm House, Like Wise, and MK.

The Pakistani nationals slapped with sanctions are Mohsin Raza, Mujtaba Raza, Syed Hasnain, Muhammad Hayat, Syed Raza and Shahzad Ahmed, the connection said arsenic it announced a bid of sanctions against entities and individuals who attempted to power the 2020 US statesmanlike predetermination astatine the absorption of the enactment of the Russian Government.

“Treasury volition people Russian leaders, officials, quality services, and their proxies that effort to interfere successful the US electoral process oregon subvert US democracy,” said Treasury Secretary Janet L Yellen.

She said this is the commencement of a caller US run against Russian malign behaviour.

The Treasury alleged that Pakistan-based Second Eye Solution (SES), besides known arsenic Forwarderz, is an organisation that specialises successful creating and selling fraudulent identities and has assisted the banned Russian Internet Research Agency oregon IRA, the troll farm, successful concealing its individuality to evade sanctions.

“Since astatine slightest 2012, SES engaged successful a strategy to supply integer photographs of fake documents including passports, driver’s licenses, slope statements, inferior bills, and nationalist individuality documents. SES markets these fake documents for usage to verify online accounts including wealth work concern accounts and societal media website accounts,” the Treasury alleged.

In 2017, the IRA purchased 15 fraudulent US operator licenses images from SES.

The purchased licenses were utilized arsenic supporting documents for online societal media accounts opened by the IRA, the Treasury alleged.

The fraudulent documents produced by SES are apt utilized astatine galore online services to evade sanctions and anti-money laundering (AML) screening protocols beyond what the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has been capable to identify, it alleged.

“SES advertises that their fraudulent documents whitethorn beryllium utilized connected societal media, freelancing occupation postings, and commerce platforms,” it said.

In addition, the Treasury said it is besides identifying integer currency addresses utilized by SES to fulfill lawsuit orders successful bid to assistance assistance fiscal institutions, and their third-party individuality verification services, successful identifying customers connected their platforms who person purchased fraudulent individuality documents.

Known SES integer currency addresses person received implicit USD2.5 cardinal successful integer currencies implicit much than 26,900 transactions from 2013 to March 2021, it said.

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