Federal authorities are reportedly investigating whether or not former NBA player Dennis Rodman violated sanctions against North Korea when he took gifts for the communist country’s dictator during his most recent visit.
According to The Daily Beast, an official said the U.S. Treasury Department, in consultation with the Department of State, is looking to see if he broke a law that forbids the importing of goods into North Korea.
“The Department is aware of the media allegations that Dennis Rodman may have transported luxury goods to North Korea. Our regulations require a license for the export or reexport to North Korea of all U.S.-origin items except food and certain medicines,” Eugene Cottilli, spokesman for the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, told The Daily Beast. “We do not comment on possible or pending investigations. We have no further comment at this time.”
Rodman recently took a team of basketball players to the communist country, in celebration of Kim Jong Un’s birthday. The former NBA player gave Un more than $10,000 in gifts, including a fur coat and Italian suit, The Weekly Standard reported.
Additionally, Rodman also may have taken several bottles of his newly launched “Bad Ass Vodka” for the North Korean dictator — which is included in the federal government’s definition of “luxary goods,” according to Fox News.
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