12 Colombians accused of illegal business activities placed on US ‘Clinton List’

Posted on Jul 1 2014 - 5:13pm by Today News
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The United States government has placed 12 Colombian nationals on a special list of suspected criminals prohibited from doing business with the US known as the “Clinton List,” local media reported on Monday.

The Clinton List is the colloquial term for the US Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN), compiled by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The list orders the suspension of all illegal activities of the individuals or groups named and prohibits any US citizen to make transactions with these entities, according to Bogota’s Caracol Radio.

The most recent OFAC sanction falls down hard on two groups of brothers linked to businesses under scrutiny in Colombia’s northern state of Antioquia, Caracol Radio reported.

Members of the Mejia Alzate family Andres Camilo, Jose Alejandro, Juan Carlos, Maria Leivy, and Victor Gabriel are linked to scrutinized companies Promotora Turistica Sol Plaza, Canteras Copacabana, Tritcon S.A.S. and Almequip S.A.S, which appear on the SDN list.

The individuals Rosalba Alzate Giraldo from Santuario, and Humberto Bedoya Espinosa from Jerico also appear in the list due to ties to the above-mentioned businesses, according to Caracol.

The other family group in the OFAC report are the Barco Mejia’s, consisting of Jesus Rodolfo, Jose Albeiro and Jose Guillermo from the businesses Grupo Empresarial Ghema, Enkor Profesional and Almacen Guibar.

Pedro Mejia Salazar from Granada, Antioquia also appears on the list and is linked to these businesses.

The final name in the report was Fredy Alonso Salazar, alias “Colas,” who is a Colombian narcotics trafficker who was captured in Ecuador, according to the Caracol.

The report did not specify the violations evidenced by these individuals and their businesses.

Last week, Colombia’s “Oficina de Envigado” cartel was placed on the SDN as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker (SDNT).

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As of July 1, 2014, the Clinton List contains 904 pages filled with names of people and businesses barred from doing business with the United States, according to OFAC.

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