On 10th October, a news release from the US Treasury advised that OFAC sanctioned members of a significant corruption network in South Africa that it said had leveraged overpayments on government contracts, bribery, and other corrupt acts to fund political contributions and influence government actions. OFAC designated Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta, Rajesh Gupta, and Salim Essa. The news release says that Ajay, Atul, and Rajesh Gupta immigrated to South Africa in the 1990s, and due in large part to their generous donations to a political party and their reportedly close relationship with former South African President Jacob Zuma, their business interests expanded. The family has been implicated in several corrupt schemes in South Africa, allegedly stealing hundreds of millions of dollars through illegal deals with the South African government, obfuscated by a shadowy network of shell companies and associates linked to the family.
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