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Imposing Sanctions on Corrupt Actors in Guyana

Imposing Sanctions on Corrupt Actors in Guyana

The United States is imposing sanctions today on Nazar Mohamed, his son, Azruddin Mohamed, their company, Mohamed’s Enterprise, and Mae Thomas, the former Permanent Secretary to Guyana’s Minister of Home Affairs and current Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Labour, for their roles in public corruption in Guyana.  We are also designating two entities, Hadi’s World and Team Mohamed’s Racing Team, for being owned or controlled by Mohamed’s Enterprise and Azruddin, respectively.

Between 2019 and 2023, Mohamed’s Enterprise omitted more than ten thousand kilograms of gold from import and export declarations and avoided paying more than $50 million in duty taxes to the Government of Guyana.  To perpetuate and conceal this scheme, Mohamed’s Enterprise engaged in extensive bribery of government officials.  This activity served to enrich the corrupt actors involved, undermine Guyanese institutions, and deprive the people of Guyana of important revenues.

Also sanctioned today, Mae Thomas misused her position as Permanent Secretary to the Guyana Minister of Home Affairs from October 2020-August 2023 to offer benefits to Mohamed’s Enterprise and Azruddin in exchange for cash payments and high-value gifts.

Today’s actions support the U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption which identifies the fight against corruption as a national security priority.  The United States is committed to exposing corruption and promoting accountability for corrupt acts worldwide.  We will continue to use the tools at our disposal to protect our financial system from abuse by corrupt actors.

The Department of the Treasury is taking this action pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world. For more information on this action, see Treasury’s press release. Please also see the U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/imposing-sanctions-on-corrupt-actors-in-guyana/

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