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Justice Department files warrant to seize Airbus from Russian oligarch

The U.S. Justice Department is trying to track down and seize an Airbus A319 that belongs to a Russian oligarch that the government values at around $90 million. The Airbus bears the tail number P4-MGU and serial number 5445 and is owned by Andrei Skoch, a Russian legislator and businessman that the U.S. government and European Union alleges is tied to organized crime.RELATED STORIES:Russian oligarchs losing hiding spots for jets as Russia breaches treaty by allowing dual aircraft registrationTeen who tracked Elon Musk's jet now targeting Russian oligarchs on Twitter through ADS-B dataForbes estimates his net worth at $4.7 billion, down from $8.6 billion last year. The Justice Department issued a statement last week after obtaining a warrant out of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The court ruled that the airplane is subject to seizure and forfeiture based on probable cause of violation of federal anti-money laundering laws. The statement claims that Skoch owns the Airbus through a series of shell companies and trusts tied to a romantic partner. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joshua A. Naftalis and Nicholas S. Bradley for the Southern District of New York are in charge of the investigation. The investigation was coordinated through a task force dubbed KleptoCapture that was launched in March after Russia's military invasion of Ukraine.
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