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OFAC Fines Boston Firm for Contracting Iranian Developers

Joe Mont | July 31, 2015

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has fined a Boston-area company for violating Iranian sanctions and using Web developers from that country.

On April 29, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a Pre-Penalty Notice to Blue Robin, Inc. for 33 transactions where Web development services, valued at $205,650, were contracted from an Iranian company called PersiaBME. The transactions took place from approximately January 2009 to July 2010, a violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations.

Given the chance to respond to the allegations, the firm, a cloud computing developer, claimed that the proposed penalty, $82,260, “was disproportionately higher than...

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