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Van Gogh and Monet Works Repossessed in Malaysian Wealth Fund Scandal

According to a report from Agence France-Presse in the Guardian, Switzerland has seized a painting by Vincent Van Gogh and two by Claude Monet as part of a global investigation into Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund. Swiss justice ministry spokeswoman Ingrid Reyser said the works in question were taken into legal custody following a request from the United States, which is one of several countries involved in the investigation of a massive fraud scandal at the Malaysian state fund 1MDB. Reyser declined to comment on where the paintings had been found or the individuals implicated.

The US Justice Department filed lawsuits earlier this week in an attempt to reclaim more than $1 billion in assets linked to stolen or laundered 1MDB funds. The Monet and Van Gogh artworks were among the assets listed in the lawsuit filed at a California federal court. The Van Gogh work is the sketch La Maison de Vincent a Arles and those by Monet are Nympheas avec Reflets de Haute Herbe and Sainte-Georges Majeur.