Press Release / / 12.06.21

US Sanctions 13 More in Dan Gertler Network

US Sanctions 13 More in Dan Gertler Network

December 6, 2021 (Washington, DC) – The US Department of the Treasury today announced it has sanctioned Alain Mukonda for providing support to sanctioned billionaire Dan Gertler, as well as 12 entities linked to Mukonda or companies associated with him in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gibraltar. With today’s action, 46 entities and individuals in Gertler’s network have now been sanctioned by OFAC.

Gertler is an international businessman and billionaire who amassed a fortune through hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to official US Department of the Treasury statements. The sanctions were imposed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) through Executive Order 13818, which targets serious human rights abuse and corruption.

Justyna Gudzowska, Director of Illicit Finance Policy at The Sentry, said: “Today’s designations of Gertler companies and proxies are precisely the type of a sustained, multiyear, whole-of-government effort at financial pressure that has real impact. With follow-up designations and a focus on entire networks as opposed to a single individual, the US Government is making clear that it is taking the fight against kleptocracy in Africa seriously. This is a fantastic start to the Summit for Democracy, and we hope to see more done to fight kleptocracy on the continent in the coming week.”

John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, said: “Treasury’s designations today demonstrate that the actions of a quintessential international enabler like Dan Gertler – masquerading as a legitimate businessman while enriching himself and his kleptocratic patrons by looting the mineral wealth that belongs to the people and leaving behind only devastation and suffering – will not escape accountability. Other would-be enablers should watch this forceful action by Treasury and beware. The Sentry applauds Treasury’s efforts today and its ongoing commitment to working with civil society.”

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About The Sentry

The Sentry is an investigative and policy team that follows the dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers and seeks to shut those benefiting from violence out of the international financial system. By disrupting the cost-benefit calculations of those who hijack governments for self-enrichment, we seek to counter the main drivers of conflict and create new leverage for peace, human rights, and good governance. The Sentry is composed of financial investigators, international human rights lawyers, and regional experts, as well as former law enforcement agents, intelligence officers, policymakers, investigative journalists, and banking professionals. Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, The Sentry is a strategic partner of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

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