US prosecutors have accused Ukrainian business tycoon Igor Kolomoisky and another Ukrainian businessman of using misappropriated funds to buy real estate in Ohio.
Previously, similar charges were filed in connection with real estate in Kentucky and Texas.
Kolomoisky, one of Ukraine’s most prominent tycoons and considered a key political supporter of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has denied previous allegations.
American lawyer Bruce Marks, who represents Kolomoisky, did not respond to a request for comment on the new charge.
Representatives of another businessman, Gennady Bogolyubov, were not available for comment.
In a statement, the US Department of Justice accused Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov of using misappropriated funds from Ukrainian PrivatBank to buy commercial real estate in Ohio, and that the US sees grounds for its confiscation.
According to American prosecutors, in the period from 2008 to 2016, Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov received fraudulent loans and lines of credit.
They allegedly laundered the funds received through the accounts of shell companies in the office of PrivatBank in Cyprus, after which the money was transferred to the United States.
The total value of the property acquired in the three US states exceeds $ 60 million, the Justice Department said.