The U.S. government identified about $250 million in Lazarenko bank accounts around the world, including Guernsey, Antigua, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Lithuania. The governments complied with a U.S. government request to freeze the assets.
Consequently, a lot of nations, institutions and people are lining up to claim the money. Among them are the U.S. Department of Justice, liquidators of the bank in Antigua, U.S. company Universal Trading & Investment Co., Ukrainian businessman Oleksiy Dityakovskiy, Russian Gazprom, Lazarenko’s family and others.
Lazarenko, who ended his prison sentence on Nov. 1, 2012 but who remains in America seeking a residency permit, has consistently attempted to reclaim some of the frozen assets. But the district court in San Francisco refused his claims, finding that Lazarenko obtained the money by illegal means.