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Pras Challenges Government Seizure Of Funds


Pras Michel is challenging the U.S. government's seizure of $37.5 million from one of his bank accounts. The former Fugees rapper, officially known as Prakazrel Samuel Michel, submitted a claim to the money in D.C. federal court.

Pras claims to be the lawful owner of the money seized by the U.S. government.

"The property is not subject to forfeiture," Pras' claim states. "The Complaint fails adequately to allege that the property is the proceeds of specified unlawful activity or was used to promote, conduct, or facilitate specified unlawful activity, and, in any event, Mr. Michel is an innocent owner of the property who did not know of the conduct or circumstances giving rise to forfeiture."

Last November, federal prosecutors filed a forfeiture complaint as part of its ongoing investigation into the alleged looting of the Malaysian public wealth fund called 1 Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB).

According to the complaint, Jho Low conspired to bring tens of millions of dollars into the U.S. in connection with a lobbying campaign. He allegedly used Pras as an instrument for money laundering.

1MDB, a Malaysian strategic development company, has been at the center of a major international scandal.

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