Cigarette paper sales to North Korea go up in smoke with $2.5 million in fines
An Indonesian firm was hit with two back-to-back fines for violating sanctions with cigarette papers
Just three days after an Indonesian company was fined $1 million for selling cigarette paper to North Korea, the same company was fined another $1.5 million in a double-whammy of penalties for sanctions violations.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Sunday that PT Bukit Muria Jaya (BMJ) agreed to pay a $1.56 million fine for knowingly selling the cigarette paper to North Korea between 2016 and 2018. BMJ also admitted to routing the funds through third parties in an effort to hide the fact that North Korea-linked firms were making U.S. dollar wire payments.
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