‘Momentous error’: Italian businessman mistakenly blacklisted by Trump to sue

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      eridani
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      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/06/italian-business-owner-to-sue-us-treasury-over-blacklist-error

      Alessandro Bazzoni, who owns a graphic design company in Sardinia, has been unable to trade since 19 January, when his business was slapped with sanctions as part of the Trump administration’s crackdown on blacklisted Venezuelan crude oil.

      In a case of mistaken identity, the US Treasury erroneously blacklisted Bazzoni’s graphic design company, SeriGraphicLab, along with a restaurant and pizzeria in Verona owned by another businessman called Alessandro Bazzoni. Both were removed from the blacklist on 31 March. But while the restaurant owner’s bank account has been reactivated, the blunder led to the Sardinian businessman’s account being closed.

      In 2019, Trump’s government imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), in an attempt to force the resignation of the president, Nicolás Maduro, whom the US accused of corruption, human rights violations and rigging his 2018 re-election. On his last day in office, Trump sanctioned a network of oil firms and individuals tied to PDVSA.

      A US Treasury official told Reuters that the department realised the companies were owned by different individuals than the Bazzoni it blacklisted in January. The Guardian has contacted the US Treasury for a response to the Sardinian businessman’s case. “First and foremost, I want an apology,” said Bazzoni.

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      KenTankerous
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      Not that I’ve seen. Oil, oil, oil, oil…..

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      (FDR's Vice President until he was forced out by the corrupt forces of obscene wealth.)

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      We are the world’s leader in that area.

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