United States v. NuDay, a/k/a NuDay Syria
On September 8, 2023, NuDay, a/k/a NuDay Syria, a not-for-profit charity, pleaded guilty to three counts of Failure to File Export Information, in violation of 13 U.S.C. § 305. Between 2018 and 2021, NuDay used a freight forwarding company to export over 100 shipments of donated humanitarian goods to Turkey, where another company would transship them into Syria, a country subject to economic sanctions and export restrictions. NuDay caused its freight forwarder to fail to file export information required to be filed by U.S. Department of Commerce regulations by falsely reporting to the freight forwarder that the end-user of the shipments was located in Turkey and not Syria, and by artificially deflating the value of the humanitarian goods to be below the reporting threshold.
As part of its plea agreement, NuDay agreed to a term of five years’ probation which includes the condition that NuDay’s founder and her family have no further involvement with NuDay, and to pay a $25,000 fine.