One of the richest people in Ukraine Igor Kolomoisky is under investigation by the US federal grand jury on charges of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate. This was reported in May by BuzzFeed citing two sources.
The investigation is an attempt by the system US justice to track hundreds of millions of dollars that Kolomoisky and his partners allegedly withdrew from PrivatBank, and then, through a maze of offshore companies and American correspondent banks, used for expensive purchases in Ohio.
In particular, among suspicious acquisitions - a luxury hotel with 484 rooms in Cleveland overlooking the lake and 21 - a floor office building, writes BuzzFeed.
In addition, Kolomoisky and partners own a steel mill in Ohio.
Mass purchases and sales on the state real estate market by a group associated with the Ukrainian millionaire have been carried out since 2008 year, the publication claims.
In connection with the investigation of the grand jury in the United States, federal agents repeatedly came to Ukraine . In February, they met with the then Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka and investigators from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the publication found out. Director of NABU Artem Sytnik recognized that cooperates with the FBI in the investigation, but refused to provide details due to a confidentiality agreement.
Kolomoisky told the publication that he did not know about the investigation of the grand jury. He said that he did not violate any laws and was not contacted from the US Department of Justice. His business partner Gennady Bogolyubov noted that real estate in the United States was purchased for "legal means."
In January 2019, HB wrote that Kolomoisky and his partners are the largest players in the office real estate market in Cleveland.
In May 2019 - go it became known that PrivatBank filed a lawsuit in the States demanding compensation by Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov for “several hundred million dollars” that were withdrawn from financial institutions and invested in assets in the United States through fraudulent schemes.
PrivatBank - the largest commercial bank in Ukraine - was nationalized 19 on December 2016 of the year . Earlier, the top shareholders of the financial institution were Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov.