AUGUST 2, 2016
In October and November 1992, AXA issued one health insurance policy that provided coverage for Leopoldo Lopez Grayeb and Noemi Lopez Fernandez, and a separate health insurance policy that provided coverage for Juan Manual Lopez Fernandez. From their inception, these policies were serviced by a U.S. insurance company serving as a Third Party Administrator (TPA), which performed a variety of functions including: servicing the policies, collecting premiums, maintaining policy records, and answering general inquiries from insured parties. On December 3, 2009, OFAC designated Leopoldo Lopez Grayeb, Noemi Lopez Fernandez, and Juan Manual Lopez Fernandez pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, 21 U.S.C §§ 1901-08, and added these parties to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (the “SDN List”). Subsequent to OFAC’s designations, neither AXA nor the TPA screened the names of the policyholders serviced by the TPA and, as a result, both companies failed to identify and block the policies and premium payments in which one or more of the above-referenced SDNs had an interest.
AXA has not received a penalty notice or Finding of Violation from OFAC relating to substantially similar violations in the five years preceding the date of the conduct giving rise to the violations; and AXA cooperated with OFAC’s investigation, including by voluntarily self-disclosing the violations to OFAC and by executing a statute of limitations tolling agreement and an extension to the agreement.