OFAC ADDS 4 UGANDANS TO GLOBAL MAGNITSKY SANCTIONS OVER ADOPTION SCAM

On 17 August, OFAC added the names of 4 Ugandan nationals to the Global Magnitsky sanctions list over their involvement in a false adoption scam. They are said to have participated in a scheme whereby, in certain instances, young children were removed from Ugandan families under promises for “special education” programs and study in the US, and were subsequently offered to US families for adoption. They are said to have sought out vulnerable families in remote Ugandan villages to manipulate parents — who often could not read or write English — into giving their children up for adoption under false pretences. Once removed from their homes, many of the children were placed primarily into an unlicensed children’s home in Kampala, and many were made to appear before courts as though they were in fact orphans.  Then unwitting American prospective adoptive parent(s) would then arrive in Uganda to adopt the children and bring them back to the US.

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20200817.aspx

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1095

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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