United States: Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Settlement Of Civil Forfeiture Claims Against Over $50 Million Laundered Through Black Market Peso Exchange

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Timothy J. Shea, the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and Susan A. Gibson, the Special Agent in Charge of the New Jersey Division of the DEA, announced today that the United States has settled a civil forfeiture action against assets of Sefira Capital LLC (“Sefira”) and 31 subsidiary corporations, which own high-end commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States.  The Government’s complaint, which was filed on January 8, 2021, alleged that the defendant corporations accepted millions of dollars of narcotics proceeds laundered through the shadow financial system commonly known as the Black Market Peso Exchange, for investment in various real estate ventures.

In the stipulation of settlement filed with U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. today, which is still subject to approval by the Court, the defendant corporations agree to forfeit $29 million to resolve the Government’s claims, representing approximately $22.5 million previously seized from Sefira and its subsidiaries, and an approximately $6.5 million payment in lieu of the forfeiture of certain real estate interests.  As part of the settlement, Sefira agreed to conduct reasonable due diligence on future investors, and not to accept investment funds from any source other than the actual investor.

The original full article can be found at justice.gov

 

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