Lev Leviev’s son, brother arrested on diamond smuggling charges: report

His company denies the allegations

Nov.November 16, 2018 09:00 AM

Lev Leviev (Credit: Wikipedia and Pixabay)

Family members of diamond tycoon and real estate developer Lev Leviev were arrested in Israel last week on charges of smuggling gemstones into the country, Jerusalem Post reported.

Leviev’s son and brother were booked along with a former employee of Leviev’s Russian diamond manufacturing operation, according to the publication. The unnamed employee stands accused of transporting diamonds from Russia into Israel in a suitcase.

“Mr. Leviev and the companies under his control act in accordance with the proper norms while adhering to the law,” a spokesperson for Leviev’s company, LLD, told the Jerusalem Post. “We hope that the matter will soon be clarified and the suspicions will prove to be baseless.”

Leviev, who was born in Uzbekistan but moved to Israel and ultimately Great Britain, is widely considered one of the world’s most influential diamond traders. His real estate development outfit Africa Israel made a name for itself in New York as a condominium builder in the 2000s, but sold off most of its holdings in the wake of the global financial crisis.

The Real Deal broke down Leviev’s ties to shadowy Chinese mogul Sam Pa and his investment in 23 Wall Street in its April magazine cover story.  [Jerusalem Post] — Konrad Putzier 

Related Articles

Sharif El-Gamal (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)

WATCH: Developer Sharif El-Gamal has Covid-19. But he’s one of the lucky ones

Knotel CEO Amol Sarva 

Another huge round of layoffs for Knotel

Miki Naftali, Steven Witkoff and Ryan Freedman

TRD Talks: How developers are contending with coronavirus

Governor Andrew Cuomo (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images; iStock)

Cuomo’s foreclosure, mortgage moratorium has no teeth

From left: Realogy's Ryan Schneider, Cushman & Wakefield's Brett White and Newmark Knight Frank's Barry Gosin (Credit: iStock)

Brokerage stocks plunge amid market turmoil

Mayor Bill de Blasio halted ULURP, stalling projects like 960 Franklin Avenue, Rikers Island and Industry City 

These projects could be held up by New York’s rezoning freeze

Eric Garcetti orders a moratorium on LA commercial evictions (Photo credit: iStock photo)

LA mayor orders a moratorium on commercial evictions

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Westchester Square Hospital in the Bronx (Credit: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images; Google Maps)

New York City seeking sites for coronavirus triage centers