Wolf of Wall Street producer, Riza Aziz, is facing 25 years imprisonment following his own wolf-like financial dealings.
Malaysian prosecutors have charged Aziz with five counts of money laundering, alleging he received $248 million in illegal monies from the Malaysian State Development fund (1Malaysia Development Berhad aka 1MDB).
Apparently, the Wolf of Wall Street producer used money siphoned from the 1MDB to purchase luxury properties in London, New York and LA, and even start a film production company (Red Granite Pictures).
Red Granite financially supported The Wolf of Wall Street, and with this new information, it can be confirmed that $155 million in Malaysian government funds were used to finance the film. Aziz is out on bail, but if convicted may face up to five years in prison for each of his counts of money laundering. He has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors allege that the bulk of the money reached Riza’s friend, Mr. Low, who is accused of using the money to purchase a $250 million yacht, paintings for celebrity friends and multimillion-dollar jewellery, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Miranda Kerr.
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