WASHINGTON (Feb 23): The US Justice Department on Friday said it had filed complaints seeking forfeiture and recovery of approximately US$38 million ($51.3 million) in assets associated with its 1Malaysia Development Bhd -- or 1MDB -- case, bringing the assets now subject to forfeiture to a total of about US$1.7 billion.

“These new lawsuits target assets collected by corrupt officials and their associates through a massive scheme that stole billions of dollars from the people of Malaysia and laundered the proceeds across the world,” US Attorney Nick Hanna said in a statement.

The complaints filed on Friday in California involve luxury real estate in London and New York, as well as converted equity in a Kentucky facilities management company, and are tied to 2012 and 2013 bond offerings from the sovereign wealth fund, the department said.

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