On July 20, Attorney General Lynch and Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell announced the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of assets associated with an international money laundering conspiracy.  The members of the conspiracy are alleged to be officials of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (“1MDB”), their relatives, and associates, and they are alleged to have misappropriated more than $3.5 billion in funds belonging to 1MDB from 2009 through 2015.  1MDB was created by the Malaysian government to promote economic development in Malaysia through global partnerships and foreign investment.  The co-conspirators, however, allegedly embezzled and misappropriated funds and laundered the stolen funds into the United States.  The stolen funds were then used to acquire or invest in assets such as a jet aircraft, famous works of art and an interest in the production of the 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street.  In announcing the complaints, Attorney General Lynch noted that this was the largest single action ever brought by DOJ’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, which was established in 2010. DOJ Press Release.