U.S. Government Enters $21 Million Sanctions Settlement With Dutch Aviation Services Company Arising out of Voluntary Self-Disclosure


The recent $21 million U.S. government sanctions settlement with Fokker Services BV (“Fokker”), a Dutch aerospace services provider, signifies an increasing appetite on the part of U.S. regulators to go after non-U.S. companies dealing in sanctioned countries and raises questions concerning the government’s treatment of companies that come forward to voluntarily disclose sanctions violations. Following its submission of a voluntary self disclosure of potential sanctions violations, Fokker entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, in which it agreed to continue cooperating with the government and to forfeit $10.5 million in criminal penalties. In addition to the criminal penalties, the company also agreed to forfeit an additional $10.5 million civil penalty to settle related investigations by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”).

Background and Relevant Facts of the Fokker Case -

Fokker has subsidiaries in The Netherlands, Singapore, and the United States. Since the company’s formation in 1996, its clients have reportedly included eleven Iranian customers, four Sudanese customers, and four Burmese customers. The federal government charged Fokker with conspiracy to unlawfully export U.S.-origin goods and services to all three sanctioned countries. For approximately eight years, Fokker allegedly sent shipments to U.S. repair shops knowing those shipments contained (1) parts and technology derived from aircraft controlled by Fokker customers located in U.S.-sanctioned countries or (2) U.S.-origin parts or technology that were subject to U.S. export licensing requirements under U.S. law at the time of shipment.

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Topics:  Aerospace, Disclosure Requirements, DOJ, Exports, Fokker, Licensing Rules, Sanctions, Settlement

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