US Attorney Takes Action Against Real Estate Company Allegedly Involved in Laundering Russian Tax Fraud Money

Complaint Seeks Forfeiture of Assets of 11 Companies, Including Four Luxury Apartments and Two High-End Commercial Spaces in Manhattan, As Well As Civil Money Laundering Penalties
Underlying Fraud Scheme Involved Theft of $230 Million from Russian Treasury That Was Uncovered By Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James T. Hayes, Jr., the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), and Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., the District Attorney for New York County (“DANY”), announced today the filing of a civil forfeiture complaint against the assets of nine corporations controlling real estate in Manhattan, including four luxury residential units and two high-end commercial spaces, as well as against the assets of two related companies, and seeking the imposition of civil money laundering penalties. 
The Complaint filed today in Manhattan federal court alleges that these corporations laundered a portion of the proceeds of a $230 million Russian tax refund fraud scheme involving corrupt Russian officials that was uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in pretrial detention in Moscow under suspicious circumstances.


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