Jose Francisco Lopez Centeno, the president of a Nicaraguan state-owned oil company, was accused of stealing millions of dollars and using his position to win government contracts for companies owned by his family.
Under the sanctions, assets belonging to the officials in the United States are blocked and USA citizens are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them or entities they own or control, the Treasury said in a statement.
The sanctions were imposed on the officials because of concerns over the "ongoing crisis in Nicaragua", including "violence perpetrated by security forces and others that have resulted in the death of at least 220 demonstrators, and almost 1,500 injured", the statement said.
Additionally, U.S. citizens were prohibited from engaging in transactions with the individuals, "including entities 50 percent or more owned by them".
The U.S. State Department says heavily armed, government-controlled paramilitary forces operate in areas of the country including in its capital, Managua.
The former head of the Nicaraguan Army, (Ret.) General Humberto Ortega, today urged his brother Daniel, president of the country, to order the paramilitary forces to be deactivated and call early elections, reported 100% Noticias. A State Department travel advisory that was updated Friday said US government personnel in the country must stay in their homes and "avoid unnecessary travel between sundown and sunrise".
"The violence perpetrated by the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega against the Nicaraguan people and the efforts of those close to the Ortega regime to illicitly enrich themselves is deeply disturbing and completely unacceptable", said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
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Humberto Ortega, who led Nicaragua's army until 1994, has criticized his brother's consolidation of power in the past.
Two of the those sanctioned reportedly have ties to that violence.
The retired general also proposed to move up the 2021 elections to 2019, to reach "a peaceful solution to the tragic crisis we are suffering".
Also Wednesday, former President Enrique Bolanos re-iterated his call for Ortega to step down. "If you are a true patriot resign and this country will thank you for it", said Bolaños.
A month ago, amid rising global condemnation of the Ortega government, the Trump administration took its first punitive action by ordering US visas be revoked from an undisclosed number of Nicaraguan officials.