- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

MOSCOW (AP) - A U.S. federal court will hear the first U.S. case connected to an alleged Russian fraud scheme exposed by lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after accusing Russian officials of stealing $230 million in tax rebates. The Russian presidential council on human rights said he was beaten and denied medical treatment.

The U.S. later enacted a law named after Magnitsky that allows for sanctions against Russians considered human rights violators.

The New York Southern District Court on Jan. 6 will begin hearing a case brought by the U.S. Justice Department against Prevezon Holdings, which is owned by the son of a former Russian government official.

The Justice Department accuses Prevezon of using $2 million connected to the fraud scheme to purchase Manhattan real estate.

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