Federal prosecutors filed a civil lawsuit Thursday to seize control of a New York City skyscraper they say is owned by companies illegally funneling money to the Iranian government.

 

The suit seeks to revoke the Alavi Foundation and the Assa Corporation’s ownership of a 36-story building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The original lawsuit filed in December only sought Assa Corp.’s building share.

 

Prosecutors also plan to seize Islamic centers in New York, Maryland, California, Virginia and Houston.