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Former Kuwaiti financial attaché arrested in US on charges of money laundering and illegal revenue

KUWAIT CITY, April 7: The US authorities have arrested a former Kuwaiti financial attaché working at the Kuwait Health Office in Washington on charges of money laundering and illegal revenues, reports Al-Rai daily.

The woman was picked up while attempting to leave the US territory in an attempt to evade arrest but she was apprehended at the airport. Kuwaiti Public Prosecutor Dhirar Al-Assousi has also decided to freeze her assets pending results of the investigation.

The woman is also suspected of involvement in financial and administrative violations which include fake medical bills for Kuwaiti citizens.

The Health Minister Dr Ali Al-Obaidi had terminated the contracts of the Washington-based health office Kuwaiti employees, including the suspect, after finishing the four-year term.

The Public Prosecutor ordered the Ministry of Finance, the stock exchange and the Kuwaiti Central Bank to block the woman’s assets which are deposited or traded in banks or investment funds.

The measure will also include her real estate properties which are registered under her name at the Properties Registration and Documentation Directorate or the Ministry of Finance. Under the Public Prosecutor’s orders, the suspect or her representative will be denied access to the money and properties pending results of the probe.

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