Model Miranda Kerr turns in $8.1m in jewelry tied to Malaysia scandal

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LOS ANGELES: Australian model Miranda Kerr has turned over $8.1 million worth of jewelry to the US Justice Department following allegations that the items were linked to a massive money-laundering scheme involving a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. Kerr handed over the jewelry—given to her by Malaysian financier Jho Low—last Friday to federal agents in Los Angeles, a spokesman for the model told Agence France-Presse. “From the start of the inquiry, Miranda Kerr cooperated fully and pledged to turn over the gifts of jewelry to the government,” he said. Kerr is among a number of celebrities who have been sucked into the scandal involving the Malaysian fund called 1Malaysia Development Bhd, or 1MDB. Earlier this month, Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio turned over an Oscar won by Marlon Brando, along with other gifts given to him by Low, who allegedly laundered more than $400M stolen from 1MDB through an account in the United States.

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