Our client, a European technology company with operations in the US, was preparing to ship a large and valuable order to a client in sub-Saharan Africa. Our client grew suspicious that the product was destined for an alternative location, a nation that was under U.S. sanction.
To determine the real destination for the client’s shipment, Gryphon was commissioned to conduct on-the-ground investigations both in the stated and suspected destination countries. Through public-records research and human source inquiries, we identified links between the individuals associated with the order and both countries.
Our investigation revealed a strong likelihood that the stated recipient was false, and that the shipment was actually headed to a sanctioned country. Armed with this information, the client was able to obtain a court order permitting it to refuse to ship the product.