Posted January 24, 2014

Report: Dennis Rodman may have violated U.S. sanctions against North Korea

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Dennis Rodman may have violated sanctions against North Korea, according to a report. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Dennis Rodman may have violated sanctions against North Korea, according to a report. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Dennis Rodman may have overspent on birthday gifts for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, at least according to United States law.

The U.S. Treasury Department is investigating Rodman for potentially violating a law that forbids the flow of luxury items into North Korea, according to Josh Rogin of The Daily Beast. Rodman visited Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang earlier this month for the dictator’s 31st birthday and brought along some gifts, including expensive alcohol (such as Rodman’s own “Bad Ass Vodka”) and high-end clothing.

But according to Rogin’s report, the gifts may have defied national and international rules, including resolutions from the United Nations Security Council. Rodman may also be in trouble with U.S. law:

Rodman may have violated an American law called the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), as implemented by Executive Order 13551, which President Obama signed in 2010, which makes it a violation of U.S. law for any person determined by the Treasury and State Departments “to have, directly or indirectly, imported, exported, or reexported luxury goods to or into North Korea.”

According to The Daily Beast report, the Treasury Department and State Department are currently investigating whether Rodman broke U.S. law. Rogin noted that Rodman’s gifts seem to be in violation of sanctions.

According to federal regulations, “luxury goods” as defined by this law include “luxury automobiles; yachts; gems; jewelry; other fashion accessories; cosmetics; perfumes; furs; designer clothing; luxury watches; rugs and tapestries; electronic entertainment software and equipment; recreational sports equipment; tobacco; wine and other alcoholic beverages; musical instruments; art; and antiques and collectible items, including but not limited to rare coins and stamps are subject to a general policy of denial.”

In other words, “Bad Ass Vodka” and high-end handbags are off-limits.

The investigation is still ongoing, but if Rodman were convicted he could face a large fine of up to $1 million and potential prison time of up to 20 years, according to the report. Those would be the maximum penalties.

Rodman checked into rehab earlier this month to confront his alcoholism.


16 comments
x72
x72

Lock the moron up, best place for him tbh.

bluntz4al
bluntz4al

So if it was against the law to take this stuff to Korea, then how did he pass customs?? In addition bringing former NBA players to play a game for the ruler while being paid is not against the law? I swear these articles are becoming lame. I was expecting to read that Rodman grabbed some girls butt in public or something along those lines.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

"Did Dennis Rodman break......"


You mean you don't know? Then why are you publishing this trash? Let CNN (Certainly Not News) your mother/father handle this.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I can't understand why we worry about people breaking the law. Don't we have better things to do than try and arrest possible criminals? All those laws on the books should be ignored. It's just the government trying to mess with things they should just as well stay out of. Let the PEOPLE decide who should be arrested. You know, we sports fans. What the hell does the justice department know? We all know that laws only exist to bother the decent folks. I heard that on a 'news' station. Maybe we should let Edward Snowden release a few more secrets that will cost lives. After all, the Super Bowl is in a week. Let's concentrate on that. And what about that darn Richard Sherman. Now HE should go to jail, not some ignoramus that is dealing with an insane, murdering tyrant. I get so sick of all the candy arses.

opinionatedone1
opinionatedone1

North Korea is an oppressive government and the U.S. is a country representing freedom?  The U.S. will thrown you in prison for 20 years for gifting a bottle of vodka?  Come to your own conclusions, but the nation that executes that harsh a punishment seems like the tyrant to me!

CoonsayOokeekook
CoonsayOokeekook

and when the beast pisses off LiL Kim and gets thrown in jail all the crying libs will want us to go get it 

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Rodman is our new age variation of when we blasted Manuel Noriega with heavy metal music.  On the lowdown, the NSA plans to continue to secretly send Rodman back to NK until mini-me surrenders.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Typical government ... trying to find something on a guy because he is making you look stupid.. in more ways than one... get over yourselves... our government is nothing more than glorified gangsters,  school yard bullies.. that robs from the poor and give it to themselves.... North Korea has nukes..... go and do somethoing about that !!!!!.... oh wait !!!  you can't because they are not poor and CAN fight back ....

jworsr1
jworsr1

Yes, he broke the law!  But, since it's doubtful he's a Conservative, he won't be prosecuted......

Joe R2
Joe R2

Doesn't our government have better things to do than investigate a wackjob's trip to N. Korea?  Leave the dude alone...  It's not like he's hurting anybody 

Mr. J
Mr. J

Oh stop it!.....Get over it!......He probably should not have went there but he did, if something had happened to Rodman then it would have been his problem alone.....What is next grab some pitch forks and try to lynch the guy...Get over it...It is done!!....

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Oh, hey, thanks SI censors.

Looks like we're not allowed to use the word Tee Are Ee Ay Ess Oh Enn.

Might offend someone.

Such patriots you are!

P.S. Rodman did commit said crime.  He consorted with leaders of an enemy country that keeps threatening to launch nuclear missiles at us.

Jay35
Jay35

He didn't fly directly to N. Korea. He first flew into China. He probably never said these gifts were going to N. Korea. Rodman is slimy and could probably pull off these shenanigans.