The woman who allegedly blackmailed disgraced ex-Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner into buying her a $10 million mansion in London has had her assets frozen by the Malaysian government.
Rohana Rozhan, media executive and former CEO of Astro Malaysia Holdings, is said to have had an extramarital affair with Leissner, the ex-husband of model and reality TV star Kimora Lee Simmons.
Leissner testified in Brooklyn federal court last week that when he tried to break up with Rozhan, she threatened to reveal her role in the $4.5 billion 1MDB embezzlement scheme if he didn’t tell him. wasn’t buying a mansion.
“Ms. Rozhan was very upset that I was ending our relationship to be with my future wife, with Kimora,” Leissner said on the stand.
“If I didn’t buy her a house, she would tell the authorities about my involvement in the 1MDB scandal. She threatened to report me. At the time, in 2013, I was very scared of that,” Leissner added, according to Bloomberg.
Leissner testified that he told Richard Gnodde, then head of Asian affairs at Goldman Sachs, about his relationship with Rozhan.
He admitted to continuing the relationship despite Gnodde’s warnings to “be careful” because Rozhan’s company was a client.
Leissner’s testimony prompted Malaysian regulators on Tuesday to announce an investigation into Rozhan for alleged money laundering, Bloomberg reports.
“We called Rohana to record his statement and took action to freeze the assets or cash,” said Azam Baki, the head of Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission.
“We will continue our efforts to investigate and return the affected funds to our country.”
Leissner, who pleaded guilty to money laundering and corruption charges, is the US government’s star witness in its case against alleged fraudster Roger Ng.
Ng, who has pleaded not guilty, allegedly conspired with his then-boss Leissner and runaway Malaysian businessman Jho Low in a scheme to defraud sovereign development fund 1MDB.
Leissner reached a deal with the government in which he pleaded guilty in exchange for his cooperation in the federal prosecution of Ng, 49.
He testified last week that he had had several extramarital affairs and forged divorce papers and exchanged vows with two women, even though he was legally married to his previous wife.