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The criminals of the year: our people arrested in the US in 2017

Some Russian-speaking immigrants in the USA achieve success in business and innovative projects, but there are also those who gain fame because of their criminal acts.

ForumDaily collected a list of Russian-speaking immigrants who were charged in the US in 2017.

Brutal murder

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Evgeny Savenok pleaded guilty to atrocious murder his pregnant wife Lubov and his unborn son in their home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He pleaded guilty to the 2 counts of second-degree murder, which is punishable by 65 by imprisonment. After his frank confession, prosecutors dropped the charges of first-degree murder, which is punishable by life imprisonment without parole.

Several city police officers came to the court session. For many, the case has become one of the most brutal they have encountered.

Read more: Yevgeny Savenyok from Minnesota sentenced to 65 years for killing a pregnant wife

Criminal beekeepers

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Two Russian-speaking immigrants were arrested for stealing bees and hives from 10 American beekeepers in California.

The cost of the stolen equipment was $ 224 thousand, the police managed to return the equipment worth $ 170 thousand. Part of the stolen could not be found, and some beehives became unusable due to damage. The thieves managed to earn about $ 100 thousand stolen.

Read more: Russian-speaking immigrants stole bees for $ 200 thousand from Californian beekeepers

Taxi King Who Didn't Pay Tax

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The Office of the Attorney General of New York announced the arrest of a Soviet-born and owner of the city’s largest taxi park, Yevgeny Friedman, who is accused of tax evasion and embezzlement on a large scale.

The owner of the company Taxiclub Management suspected of not paying taxes on 5 million dollars in the period from 2012 to 2015 years. According to investigators, Friedman swindled with tax returns and thus paid less taxes than was required.

Read more: Taxi King, an immigrant from the USSR, arrested in New York for tax evasion

The most brutal Russian-speaking criminal in the US

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Victoria Nasyrova, 41 year, a citizen of Russia, now located in the prison complex Rikers island, accused by 31 act of serious and moderate crimes. She has already been found guilty in cases of two shoplifting, besides she is accused of poisoning and attempted poisoning. Also at the moment she is accused of a brutal murder committed in Russia several years ago.

In the past six months, her story has become the loudest in the Russian-speaking space of America.

Read more: Revelations of a Russian woman suspected of cruel murder: an interview from an American prison

Killer father

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Los Angeles police shot dead 48-year-old Russian citizen Konstantin Morozov, who killed his wife and kidnapped their 9-year-old son.

Law enforcers managed to track down a man, he was killed during a shootout.

Read more: Los Angeles police shot dead a Russian who killed his wife and kidnapped a son

Uzbeks on ICE's list of most wanted criminals

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The US Customs and Immigration Control (ICE) is looking for three immigrants from Uzbekistan who are accused of human trafficking and fraud.

Among them, 32-year-old Rustamjon Shukurov35 year old Sanjar Agzamov and 30-year-old Nodir Yunusov.

In June 2005, ICE and the US Department of Homeland Security launched an investigation into several citizens of Uzbekistan and the company Giant Labor Solutions (GLS)which was engaged in forced employment of illegal immigrants.

During 4 for years, several US intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies have been following the activities of the GLS.

As a result, in May 2009, the company was charged with forced labor and fraud in employment contracts with foreigners.

Read more: ICE searches for three immigrants from Uzbekistan for human trafficking

Russian who stole $ 50 million

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Roman Zolotarev, a 31-year-old immigrant from Russia, is in the top 10 of criminals who are wanted by the Customs and Immigration Control Service (ICE).

A federal indictment against him was issued in 2012 year. Zolotarev is accused of racketeering and extortion, as well as of creating and participating in a criminal organization. He is the leader of the organization - complex transnational criminal enterprise on cybercrime. trades stolen credit and debit card data, personal data of people and other identifiers that are used to steal money.

Read more: Russian hit top 10 most wanted ICE criminals for stealing $ 50 million

Killer american groom


37-year-old Latvian citizen, Russian by nationality, Angelica Grosvald, pleaded guilty to the murder on the negligence of her 46-year-old American groom, Vincent Viafore.

She was arrested in April 2015 of the year, but pleaded guilty only in July of 2017.

19 April 2015, Groswald and his fiance swam in single-channel kayak on the Hudson River near Bannerman Island. Vincent's kayak was filled with water and sank with him, Azheliki's canoe turned over, she was dragged ashore, and only after that the woman called 911 service.

Read more: Latvian immigrant pleaded guilty to death of American groom

Russian cyber crook

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Russian citizen 41-year-old Maxim Senah received more than three years in prison for cyber fraud.

According to court documents, the Senes and his accomplices created a malicious program Eburythat collected login credentials from infected computer servers, allowing the Senach and its allies to create and manage a botnet containing tens of thousands of infected servers worldwide, including thousands in the United States. Senah with accomplices used a botnet Ebury to generate and redirect Internet traffic to develop various spam fraud schemes that fraudulently transferred millions of dollars to cyber fraudsters.

41-year-old Maxim Senah from Veliky Novgorod, Russia, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and will be deported after being released from prison.

Read more: US court sentenced Russians to 3 years in prison for cyber fraud

Health fraud

The owner of two medical clinics in New York was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment for health care fraud in the amount of $ 55 million.

47-year-old Valentina Kovalenko from Brooklyn, owner Prime Care on the Bay and Bensonhurst Mega Medical Care, was convicted of money laundering, and must pay a fine in excess of $ 29 million.

Back in October 2015, Kovalenko pleaded guilty to money laundering in healthcare Medicate (for Americans older than 65 years) and Medicaid.

In addition, Kovalenko wrote checks to third-party companies that allegedly provided services to clinics, and the money paid was instead used for regular bribes to patients.

Read more: Russian-speaking mistress of clinics in New York sentenced to 7 years in prison

Son of the State Duma Deputy

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A Russian hacker convicted in the US, Roman Seleznyov, pleaded guilty to stealing two million dollars through hacking credit cards. Earlier court already sentenced son of State Duma deputy Valery Seleznev to 27 years in prison for cyber fraud. September 8 2017, Seleznev admitted in two new episodes.

A Russian in 2008 took part in cash withdrawals after breaking into a money transfer company. In addition, he is accused of involvement in the theft of credit card data along with a group of hackers. Damage for this episode is estimated at more than 50 million dollars.

Read more: The son of the State Duma convicted in the USA confessed to stealing another $ 2 million

Russian-speaking terrorists

A court in Brooklyn sentenced Uzbek citizen Abdurasul Dzhuraboev to 15 years in prison for conspiring to provide material assistance to the Islamic State terrorist organization (ISIL).

27-year-old Juraboev worked as a salad carver in a store in Brooklyn, he was part of a group of Islamists who were planning to assist ISIL. In addition to Juraboev, the group consisted of 5 people, all of whom are citizens of Uzbekistan.

According to the investigation, in August 2014, Juraboev published a threat on the Uzbek-language website to kill the then US President Barack Obama on behalf of ISIS. He also promised to detonate a bomb in Coney Island. In the same post, the man noted that his desire is to fight for the idea of ​​an Islamic caliphate in Syria, but if he fails to go there due to lack of funds for travel, he is ready to become a “warrior of Islam” in the United States.

Read more: Uzbek citizen sentenced to 15 years in prison for contacting ISIL in New York

Deadly attack in New York

October 31 in New York man on a small truck brought down to death 8 people on the bike path. At least 11 more people were injured. The crime was recognized as a terrorist attack; a note was found in the car mentioning the "Islamic State". The driver was detained and is now in the hospital. As the media found out, this is Saifullo Saipov, a native of Uzbekistan, who has been living in the United States since 2010.

Read more: The terrorist attack in New York: the driver drove into the crowd, there are dead


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A Russian woman is accused of kidnapping children after she divorced her American husband and took the children home.

37-year-old Bogdana Alexandrovna Mobley was charged with theft of his children.

Her second husband, Brian Mobley, filed for divorce in March 2014, when she was pregnant. During the trial, she fled to Russia with two children. One child, Yang, 2004 year of birth, was from the first marriage, the second - Sophia, 2013 year of birth, from her second marriage with Brian Mobley.

Through 2 a month after returning to Russia, she gave birth to her third child.

Read more: Russian woman accused of stealing children from her American husband

Millions on insurance fraud

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Five defendants in a major case of fraud with medical insurance in the United States, which caused damage to 33 million, pleaded guilty in exchange for leniency.

The five other defendants deny the guilt and continue to await the trial, the start of which is scheduled for 23 on April 2018.

The fraudulent operations took place in eight clinics that were opened for this purpose in Brooklyn by a former Kyiv resident Alexander Burman.

Read more: Former Kiev resident earned millions of dollars on insurance fraud in the USA

Marriage Agency for Illegals

Photo: Facebook / Larisa De Lima

Larisa De Lima, an immigrant from Ukraine, worked as an organizer of weddings in Florida, but in most cases the unions organized by her were directed not to unite loving hearts, but to avoid deportation.

59-year-old De Lima, with the help of relatives and co-workers, turned one of the largest fraudulent marriage frauds in the history of South Florida.

She organized about two dozen marriages between Cuban American women who are legal permanent residents or US citizens with male immigrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union who tried in this way to obtain green cards and American citizenship.

De Lima took 25 000 dollars from illegal grooms, 5000 went to pay for the services of their wives - Cuban American women. The rest of the woman took over her services.

Read more: Ukrainian woman in Florida sold Russian-speaking immigrants US citizenship through marriage

Tax avoidance

Project JetSmarterfounded by a native of Moscow, Sergei Petrossov, organizes budget flights on private jets. The project is often called 'Uber for aircraft”Allowing program subscribers to occupy free space in private jets. Startup JetSmarter was founded in 2012 year and has already managed to gain fame, as well as popular investors, including the royal family of Saudi Arabia and the musician Jay Z.

In December, the 2016 JetSmarter closed the investment round of $ 105 million, raising the total value of the company to $ 1,5 billion However, after this, the company was in serious trouble.

In February, 2017, on suspicion of fraud, arrested the company's president, Edward (Gennady) Barsky, right at his workplace in an office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. California court accuses him of deceiving investors of another project and fraud in the amount of $ 11 million.

Read more: Russian president of the startup "Uber for aircraft" was arrested in Florida

$ 150 million for fraud

In New York, a major fraudulent scheme in the field of health is disclosed, the damage from which amounted to about 150 million dollars.

20 people were arrested in this case, including doctors and a NYPD surgeon. They are suspected of exploiting the vulnerability of low-income Brooklyn people to deceive state programs. Medicaid and Medicare. Most of those arrested are from former Soviet republics.

Read more: In New York, immigrants from the Soviet Union earned on insurance fraud $ 146 million

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