In the Us, They Want to Seize the Property of Ukrainian Businessman Kolomoisky; The US Department of Justice demands to seize the property of Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky, totaling about $70 million. The department has filed two relevant lawsuits in the District Court for the Southern District of Florida, according to the occrp.org portal .
The Ministry of Justice believes that the businessman purchased real estate in the states of Kentucky and Texas for misappropriated funds from the Ukrainian Privatbank.
According to US law enforcement, the former owners of the largest credit institution in Ukraine Kolomoisky and Gennady Bogolyubov laundered billions of dollars from 2008 to 2016 through fictitious loans. The Cypriot branch of Privatbank was involved in the scheme, making transfers to the accounts of shell companies. Subsequently, the funds ended up in the United States.
The agency notes that in the States, Ukrainian bankers had accomplices: Mordechai Korf and Uriel Laber. They helped businessmen create a network of companies under the general name “Optima”. It was with their help that money was laundered through various funds. In addition, the Americans purchased the PNC Plaza business center in Louisville for entrepreneurs, as well as an office center in Dallas (the former headquarters of CompuCom). The total cost of the buildings is about $70 million.
Ukrainian authorities nationalized Privatbank at the end of 2016. The decision was due to fears of bankruptcy of the country’s leading bank. However, Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov considered the actions of the authorities arbitrary.
Since 2018, litigation has been ongoing between the current administration of Privatbank and the old owners.
At the same time, in the spring ranking of the Ukrainian rich, compiled by Forbes magazine, Bogolyubov took fifth place (his fortune is estimated at $ 1.3 billion), and Kolomoisky – eighth (1 billion).
In addition, in the spring it was reported that the case of Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky was submitted to the US Federal Grand Jury for consideration. It was also about transferring funds through offshore companies to buy real estate in the United States.