Citing corporate documents and interviews with former U.S. officials and Seaboard employees, the newspaper said a Seaboard milling subsidiary in central Africa worked with a company tied to the Tajideen family after it was blacklisted.
The newspaper reported that the Justice Department, as part of a broad criminal investigation, is looking into whether Seaboard tried to mask flour sales to firms linked to the family after it was put on the government’s terror blacklist in 2009 and 2010.
When contacted by World Grain for comment, a Seaboard employee said the company is not making any comments at this time.
The Tajideen family, which includes three brothers, has allegedly given tens of millions of dollars to Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group backed by Iran, U.S. officials said.|
According to The Wall Street Journal, Seaboard is aware of the Justice Department investigation, but said it did not enter into any flour contracts with the firm after it was added to the blacklist. Through a lawyer, the company said it “has specific policies that prohibit doing business with companies and individuals designated” as terrorist organizations. The company told the newspaper that the allegation arose from a competitor that it did not name.