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125. Will I be penalized for processing an unauthorized transaction involving a weak alias (AKA)?


A person who processes an unauthorized transaction involving a sanctions list entry has violated U.S. law and may be subject to an enforcement action. Generally speaking, however, if (i) the only sanctions reference in the transaction is a weak AKA, (ii) the person involved in the processing had no other reason to know that the transaction involved an entry on one of OFAC's sanctions lists or was otherwise in violation of U.S. law, and (iii) the person maintains a rigorous risk-based compliance program, OFAC will not issue a civil penalty against an individual or entity for processing such a transaction.

Date Released
January 18, 2011