Hollywood’s dirty money —Eric Holder investigating?…
(CUSA) – This story is evidence of a bad economy and a changing digital world leading to desperation by movie studios.
This may also be a cause of the death of the movie star which we offered here. —Ed.
The family of former Kremlin media chief Mikhail Lesin is apparently living quite large in Los Angeles.
Their lavish Hollywood lifestyle, which has provided an entré into the movie business and has brought them into the orbit of the Industry’s biggest A-list stars, has some wondering where the family’s money came from.
According to U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), after leaving the Russian government in 2009, Lesin “moved his immediate family to Los Angeles, California, where he acquired multiple residences at a cost of over $28 million.”
In a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder last month, Wicker requested a Department of Justice investigation into whether Lesin’s real estate purchases were part of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or Anti-Money Laundering statutes.
“That a Russian public servant could have amassed the considerable funds required to acquire and maintain these assets … raises serious questions,” Wicker wrote.
Real estate purchases are just one aspect of Lesin’s family’s business interests in Los Angeles. Since last year, Lesin’s son, Anton Lessine, has produced four major Hollywood movies with stars including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Woody Allen.
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