Cooking oil or crude? Italian restaurant owner was mistaken target of U.S. sanctions

Cooking oil or crude? Italian restaurant owner was mistaken target of U.S. sanctions
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One of the final acts of the Trump administration was almost certainly one of the most confounding for Alessandro Bazzoni, a restaurant owner in Verona, Italy.

As part of a crackdown on blacklisted Venezuelan crude, former President Donald Trump’s Treasury Department accidentally slapped sanctions against his company on Jan. 19 in a case of mistaken identity.

“It was a mistake,” Bazzoni said, speaking to Reuters by telephone from his restaurant in Verona on Thursday.

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On Wednesday, Treasury reversed course and acknowledged its error, removing sanctions from AMG S.A.S. Di Alessandro Bazzoni & C., as well as sanctions on what appears to be a graphic design company in Porto Torres, Italy.

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