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The U.S. Treasury Department denied Tuesday it had cleared Lebanese businessman Merhi Abou Merhi of allegations of money laundering and links to Hezbollah.The state-run National News Agency reported Monday that the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a statement describing its "prolonged and extensive" investigation into Abou Merhi, his family and his business interests.Abou Merhi was blacklisted by OFAC in October along with three other Lebanese, two Germans and 11 companies for facilitating the activities and having ties to a maritime network tied to the "Joumaa Criminal Organization," which has links with Hezbollah.
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