May 16, 2022

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US to seize nearly $1 million from North Korea-backed criminal duo

US district court says married couple laundered millions through phony corporate network on behalf of Pyongyang

A U.S. district court ruled on Monday that nearly $1 million in funds linked to a North Korean money laundering scheme must be forfeited to the U.S. government, court documents show, in a blow to Pyongyang’s network of overseas front companies.

The ruling by the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia comes after a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation found that two Chinese companies — Rensy International Trading and Ryer International Trading — acted as fronts to launder millions from North Korean banks and help Pyongyang tap into the U.S. financial system.