In a unusual goof, an Italian pizzeria proprietor was mistakenly focused for enterprise sanctions by the Trump administration.
The mistake was rectified final week, and a pizzeria within the northern Italian city of Verona owned by Alessandro Bazzoni is no longer on the list of businesses blacklisted by the U.S.
A Treasury official instructed Reuters that the division realized the focused firm was owned by a different Bazzoni than the person whose operations the Trump administration had supposed to focus on in January.
Pizzeria proprietor Bazzoni described the final couple of months as a “nightmare.”
He was swept within the Trump administration’s 2019 crackdown on Venezuelan oil in an unsuccessful technique geared toward forcing the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro.
Trump imposed sanctions on the nation’s state oil firm, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). On his remaining day in workplace, Trump sanctioned a further community of oil companies and people linked to PDVSA. That’s when Bazzoni found on a visit to his financial institution that his enterprise was on the blacklist.
“When I heard that my current accounts had been blocked, I thought it was a joke,” Bazzoni instructed Corriere della Sera. “These are already difficult times for us restaurant owners, the last thing I needed was to have my accounts blocked.”
He mentioned the U.S. rapidly corrected the error. “I thank the new American government for the efficiency with which it intervened,” he mentioned.
Another firm, a Sardinian graphic design agency owned by a distinct Alessandro Bazzoni, additionally managed to get off the sanctions record after it was mistakenly added.
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