The investigations into the Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov on suspicion of money laundering are spreading. On Tuesday, investigators searched locations of the major bank UBS in Frankfurt and Munich.
"We confirm that public prosecutors are currently searching the premises of the UBS Europe SE branches in Frankfurt and Munich. We are cooperating fully with the authorities and ask for your understanding that we are currently unable to comment further on the matter," said one Spokeswoman for the money house on request. "Spiegel Online" had previously reported.
The Frankfurt public prosecutor's office confirmed the search of a major bank on suspicion of money laundering by one of the institute's customers. There are no investigations against the bank itself or against employees of the money house. The search serves to secure evidence. At the end of September, a villa on Lake Tegernsee and later a luxury yacht arrested near Bremen had already been searched.
Usmanov is suspected of having initiated several transactions between 2017 and 2022 in order to conceal the origin of funds, according to investigators earlier. There is a suspicion that the transferred funds came from criminal offenses, in particular from tax evasion crimes. According to earlier information, the volume of money smuggling is said to be in the tens of millions.