OFAC Settles with Murad, LLC for $3,334,286 and with a Former Senior Executive of Murad, LLC for $175,000 Related to Apparent Violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations

May 17, 2023

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  • United Arab Emirates

Murad, LLC (the “Company”), a cosmetics company based in El Segundo, California, has agreed to pay $3,334,286 to settle its potential civil liability for an apparent violation of OFAC sanctions on Iran. This apparent violation resulted from the Company’s participation in a conspiracy to engage in the unauthorized export of goods and services from the United States to Iran over an approximately eight-year period. The conspiracy, which ended in 2018, resulted in at least 62 exports of Company products, as well as the export of services to Iran, totaling more than $11 million. OFAC determined that the Company voluntarily self-disclosed its violation, following its acquisition by Unilever United States, Inc. (“Unilever US”), and that the Company’s apparent violation was egregious.

A former senior Company executive (“U.S. Person-1”) has separately agreed to pay $175,000 to settle their potential civil liability for three apparent violations of OFAC’s Iran sanctions arising from their role as a manager at the Company. These apparent violations occurred between June 2016 and September 2017. OFAC determined that U.S. Person-1’s apparent violations were not voluntarily self-disclosed and that their conduct was egregious.