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Igor Kolomoisky and Gennady Bogolyubov accused of embezzlement and money laundering of Ukrainian PrivatBank
The US Department of Justice filed two lawsuits on Thursday for the arrest of $ 70 million real estate in Texas and Kentucky. This property, according to the lawsuit, was bought by two Ukrainian oligarchs with illegally obtained money..
Miami federal prosecutors claim oligarchs Igor Kolomoisky and Gennady Bogolyubov stole billions of dollars from Privatbank, a Ukrainian bank they previously owned..
Kolomoisky is one of the most powerful Ukrainian oligarchs and is considered one of the key political backers of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky..
American prosecutors said that between 2008 and 2016, Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov fraudulently obtained loans and lines of credit, some of the proceeds of which they laundered through the accounts of a shell company in the Cyprus branch of PrivatBank, and then transferred the money to the United States.
According to the prosecution, in the course of checks carried out by the National Bank of Ukraine in 2016, the oligarchs allegedly stole more than $ 5 billion from PrivatBank. PrivatBank was nationalized by Ukrainian authorities after alleged frauds were uncovered in 2016.
The indictment alleges that partners of the oligarchs now based in Miami have built a network of businesses, often using the name Optima, to further launder the stolen money. Some of the money was used to buy real estate and companies in Louisville, Kentucky and Dallas, Texas, prosecutors said.. The US Department of Justice is now trying to seize this property..
DOJ said FBI Cleveland, Internal Revenue Service and Customs and Border Protection are investigating.
Two aides to ex-mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani, lawyer of President Donald Trump, met with Kolomoisky in Israel in 2019.
Bruce Marks, a Philadelphia lawyer who represents Kolomoisky, declined to comment. Reuters could not find out if Bogolyubov has a lawyer.