On June 12, 2018, five Russian nationals and three Syrian nationals were charged with conspiring to violate U.S. economic sanctions against Syria and Crimea. The charges were based on transactions conducted through a Russian shipping company, Sovracht, which had previously been designated for violating sanctions against Crimea and was not permitted to transact in U.S. dollars without first receiving a license from OFAC. The alleged conspirators used fake companies and fabricated shipping records to conceal the fact that Sovracht was conducting U.S. dollar transactions in Syria, including shipping jet fuel and other items to Syria. The five charged Russian nationals were employees of Sovracht, and the three charged Syrian nationals were petroleum inspectors at Port Banias, Syria.
United States v. Okorokov, 18-CR-00179 (D.D.C.)