In Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, in Miami-Dade County, operatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid on a condominium owned by a Russian corporation.
According to the Miami Herald, the search was conducted on Thursday at the Sunny Isles Beach Trump Towers, a 45-story assemblage of three opulent condominium complexes on the oceanfront.
The subject of the search was condominium 4102 at Trump Tower III, located at 15811 Collins Avenue.
According to the Detroit News, MIC-USA LLC is the proprietor of the property.
According to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, MIC-USA LLC is owned by Russian industrialists Oleg Sergeyevich Patsulya and Agunda Konstantinovna Makeeva.
According to The Detroit News and Miami Herald, an FBI agent from the Miami field office told reporters on Friday that the agency “was conducting court-ordered law enforcement activity in the vicinity of that location.”
The official provided no additional information regarding the raid.
According to the Miami Herald, Patsulya and Makeeva acquired the $1.65 million, three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment with the assistance of BAC Florida Bank.
In 2020, the bank filed a lawsuit against the couple for nonpayment of their $975,000 mortgage.
The parties subsequently resolved the legal dispute.
According to the Detroit News, the fictitious company MIC-USA has maintained possession of the apartment since then.
The Miami Herald could not reach Patsulya and Makeeva for comment.
Although she was aware of the raid, Patsulya’s wife Roza Pereira, who is also mentioned in state corporate records, stated, “I can’t talk about it.”
“The lawyer [for my husband] said not to talk to anyone. … I have no idea what it’s about,” Pereira said.
According to research conducted by Insider, Sunny Isles Beach has earned the moniker “Little Moscow” because it is a popular destination for wealthy Russians seeking to purchase real estate in the United States.
As of 2020, according to the American Community Survey of the Census, there were 1,079 Russian-born residents in Sunny Isles Beach, making up the plurality of foreign-born individuals from Europe and Central Asia, the Insider reported.
However, according to the Miami Herald, members of the affluent community fear “backlash” as a result of U.S. sanctions on Russian oligarchs in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Trump Towers in Sunny Isles Beach are not owned by the Trump Organization.
The structures were named after former president Donald Trump by the building’s developers, who were granted permission to use the Trump name.