WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky and an additional Ukrainian businessman of employing misappropriated cash to obtain true estate in Ohio, pursuing earlier comparable U.S. allegations involving assets in Kentucky and Texas.
Kolomoisky, a single of the most distinguished tycoons in Ukraine and regarded as a crucial political backer of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, experienced denied the prior allegations. Bruce Marks, a U.S. attorney who represents Kolomoisky, did not instantly answer to a ask for for remark on the most up-to-date criticism.
Representatives for the other businessman, Gennadiy Boholiubov, could not be instantly arrived at for remark. He earlier has not commented on the matter.
In a assertion, the U.S. Division of Justice alleged the two guys had applied misappropriated money from Ukraine-dependent PrivatBank to invest in professional authentic estate in Ohio and that the U.S. was viewing its forfeiture.
U.S. prosecutors claimed that involving 2008 and 2016, Kolomoisky and Boholiubov attained fraudulent loans and traces of credit history, some of whose proceeds they laundered through shell corporation accounts at PrivatBank’s Cyprus place of work prior to transferring the money to the United States.
Completely, the properties in the a few U.S. states are really worth additional than $60 million, the Justice Department said.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball creating by Susan Heavey Modifying by Leslie Adler)
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