DiCaprio Agrees To Give Back Money Linked To $3 Billion Embezzlement Scandal
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio promised Tuesday to give back the money linked to an embezzlement scandal that helped pay for the production of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
The Oscar-winner will return any gifts or donations connected to the Malaysian 1MDB wealth fund scandal once a fraud investigation of the fund is conducted, DiCaprio said in a press statement.
“Both Mr DiCaprio and [the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation] continue to be entirely supportive of all efforts to assure that justice is done in this matter,” the statement said. “Mr DiCaprio is grateful for the lead and instruction of the government on how to accomplish this.”
Federal investigators believe more than $10 million was allegedly embezzled from 1Malaysia Development Bhd., also known as 1MDB, and directed to businessman Frank White Jr. The U.S. Department of Justice claims that more than $3.5 billion was stolen from the fund and by people connected to the Malaysian prime minister.