United States: Leonardo DiCaprio’s charity urged to repay donations linked to 1MDB Malaysian fund scandal

Author(s): Brendan Cole | Date: September 1, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ | URL: http://goo.gl/qpQlPW | Type: Text

The charity of Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio has been urged to repay money it received which is linked to the Malaysian state fund 1MDB currently mired in an embezzlement scandal.
The US Department of Justice says that donations made to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, (LDF), which is an environmental charity, came from billions allegedly siphoned from the sovereign wealth fund set up in 2009 by Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak.
A 136-page complaint filed by the DOJ, said how DiCaprio’s businessman friend Jho Low, 35, assisted the charity by buying art worth more than $1m at a Christie’s auction as well as purchasing marked up champagne at the star’s birthday party in 2013.

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