CLEVELAND — FBI agents converged on One Cleveland Center in Downtown Cleveland on Tuesday morning.
A News 5 photojournalist on the scene witnessed FBI and IRS agents inside the offices of Optima Management Group at One Cleveland Center.
FBI agents emerged from the Cleveland Optima office after several hours with more than a dozen boxes and several computers and servers.
“We do have law enforcement activity here at One Cleveland Center this morning, everything is under seal so I’m not at liberty to go into details,” said FBI Cleveland special agent Vicki Anderson. “We do have activity also as you know in Miami this morning concerning the same investigation but again, I’m not at liberty to go into details about that.”
In addition to One Cleveland Center, Optima Management owns 55 Public Square, 1000 St. Clair Avenue and The Westin Building, 777 St. Clair Avenue, according to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office.
Optima Management is facing separate fraud allegations contained in a lawsuit filed in Delaware last year. Ukrainian businessmen associated the company are accused in the lawsuit of "financial crimes and money laundering" involving "hundreds of millions of dollars worth of U.S. assets — including major real estate holding in downtown Cleveland.
It alleges a series of brazen, fraudulent schemes orchestrated by Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky who was tied to a Ukrainian bank. The lawsuit alleges funds were laundered through a corporate loan from the bank he controlled and used to finance real estate acquisitions like those in Cleveland.
This is a developing story. News 5 will update this as more information becomes available.