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Justice Department Seeks Forfeiture of Two Bal Harbour Condos for Violations of Russia-Related U.S. Sanctions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

MIAMI – From the outset of Russia’s unprovoked, full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, the Department of Justice has prioritized enforcing the sweeping sanctions, export restrictions, and economic countermeasures that the United States has imposed alongside our global partners. The Department continues that work through significant enforcement actions.  Today, the Department announced an array of new charges, arrests, and forfeiture proceedings, to include a civil forfeiture complaint that was filed in the Southern District of Florida.

“The Justice Department is more committed than ever to cutting off the flow of illegal funds that are fueling Putin’s war and to holding accountable those who continue to enable it,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “That is why today we are announcing several additional enforcement actions that the Justice Department has taken to bring prosecutions against and seize assets of sanctioned enablers of the Kremlin and Russian military.”

“It has been two years since Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the FBI continues to go after the Russian criminals who finance and enable Russia’s war,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “To the people of Ukraine fighting for their freedom: The FBI remains steadfast in our efforts to disrupt and hold accountable the criminals supporting the Russian War, and we will continue to stand with you to fend off Russian aggression for as long as it takes.”

Today, the United States filed a civil forfeiture complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleging that two Bal Harbour condominiums are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”), Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) sanctions, and federal money laundering statutes.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of the FBI’s Miami Field Office made the announcement.

As alleged in the complaint, Viktor Perevalov and Valeri Abramov were co-founders of VAD, AO, a Russia-based construction company responsible for constructing the Tavrida Highway in the Russian-occupied Crimea Region of Ukraine. On January 26, 2018, pursuant to Executive Order 13685, OFAC sanctioned Victor Perevalov, Valeri Abramov, VAD, AO, and others following the Russian invasion of Crimea (the “Sanctions”). OFAC added Perevalov, Abramov, and VAD, AO to the specially designated nationals and blocked persons (“SDN”) List. Once OFAC imposed the Sanctions, all property or interest in property belonging to Perevalov, Abramov, and/or VAD, AO in the United States, “[was] blocked and [could] not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in[.]” E.O. 13685 § 2(a).  OFAC never issued a license which was required for anyone to transact with, or on behalf of, Perevalov and Abramov. 

Soon after the Sanctions, R.S., a Miami real estate agent retained to manage the properties, worked to transfer the two condominiums owned by Perevalov, Units 1616 and 1617 located at 10295 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, Florida 33154 (the “Defendant Properties”) to an LLC in violation of the Sanctions. The Defendant Properties have a combined value of approximately $2.5 million. On April 10, 2018, R.S. and others, including a law firm, formed 1616 Collins LLC, and named R.P., a Perevalov family member who was a minor at the time, the entity’s purported sole beneficial owner. On June 14, 2018, the title of the Defendant Properties was transferred to 1616 Collins LLC in violation of the Sanctions. R.S. served as Perevalov’s power of attorney for the transfer. After the transfer, R.S. continued to lease the Defendant Properties, collected proceeds derived from the Defendant Properties, and used those proceeds to maintain the Defendant Properties including by making property tax payments.

FBI Miami is investigating the case with assistance from the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marx P. Calderón and Eli Rubin for the Southern District of Florida, Trial Attorneys Sinan Kalayoglu and Lindsay Gorman of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, and Trial Attorney Joshua E. Kurland of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the National Security Division are prosecuting this civil action. 

This case was coordinated through the Justice Department’s Task Force KleptoCapture, an interagency law enforcement task force dedicated to enforcing the sweeping sanctions, export controls, and economic countermeasures that the United States, along with its foreign allies and partners, has imposed in response to Russia’s unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine. Announced by the Attorney General on March 2, 2022, and under the leadership of the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, the task force will continue to leverage all of the Department’s tools and authorities to combat efforts to evade or undermine the collective actions taken by the U.S. government in response to Russian military aggression. 

A video statement from Attorney General Garland is available here

A civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime. These allegations are not proven until a court awards a judgment in favor of the United States.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 24-cv-20687.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated February 22, 2024

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