US accuses Ukrainians of using embezzled funds for Ohio real estate


U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky and another Ukrainian businessman of using embezzled funds to purchase real estate in Ohio, following similar U.S. allegations over property in Kentucky and in Texas.

Kolomoisky, one of Ukraine’s most prominent tycoons and considered a key political supporter of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, had denied previous allegations. Bruce Marks, an American attorney who represents Kolomoisky, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest complaint.

Representatives of the other businessman, Gennadiy Boholiubov, could not immediately be reached for comment. He has not yet commented on the matter.

In a statement, the US Department of Justice alleged that the two men used embezzled funds from Ukraine-based PrivatBank to purchase commercial real estate in Ohio and that the United States was seeing their confiscation.

US prosecutors said that between 2008 and 2016, Kolomoisky and Boholiubov obtained fraudulent loans and lines of credit, some of the proceeds of which they laundered through shell company accounts at the PrivatBank office in Cyprus before transferring the money in the United States.

In total, properties in the three US states are worth more than $ 60 million, the Department of Justice said.

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