Bribery and visa fraud: in the United States, a Russian was sentenced to 5 years in prison
Former deputy director of Voentorg Leonid Teif was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of public supervision. His arrested on December 5, 2018 in North Carolina. The edition told in more detail with the BBC.
The accused will be credited with the time he spent in the pre-trial detention center, besides, for exemplary behavior, his term will be reduced by about 15%. His lawyer, Robert Wolfe, believes that, taking into account all the factors, the accused has no more than 18 months left to serve in prison.
Together with the verdict, the 59-year-old native of Belarus and a citizen of Russia and Israel signed a five-page document in which he expressed his consent to be later deported from the United States, not to challenge the deportation in court and to provide assistance to the departments that deported him.
He gave his consent to deportation to Belarus, in case of her refusal - to Israel, and if he was refused there, then to Russia.
Federal prosecutors dropped 47 out of 50 counts against Teif in exchange for a plea. This helped him get only 5 years instead of 20.
Such a turn in the case was very unexpected and a number of media outlets in March when Teif pleaded guilty, did not quite correctly set out the grateful deal that Teif and his ex-wife Tatyana Anatolyevna, who had now been sentenced to the already served time, concluded with the prosecutor's office.
According to Wolfe, such an outcome of the case represents a "huge victory" for his client, who, among other things, was initially charged with an attempt to order the murder of the alleged lover of his wife, whom Teif divorced in 2017, and laundering in the United States part of the kickbacks allegedly received in Russia in the amount of $ 150 million and the concealment of foreign assets.
As a result, Teif pleaded guilty to bribing $ 10 to an employee of the US Department of Homeland Security. With his help, he wanted to deport his wife's lover, conduct a visa fraud and file a false tax return.
Tatiana confessed to lying in her immigration document.
“Teif succeeded in removing all 37 points of money laundering, removing the point on attempting to order murder and removing almost all the other points against him, that is, the main part of the case brought against him by the prosecutor’s office,” the lawyer said. Among other things, he said that he is now trying to settle a bribery case opened in Teifa, Utah.
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The lawyer assures that the overwhelming majority of the assets seized from him will be returned to the convict.
Making a deal with the prosecutor's office, Teif agreed to pay $ 5,9 million, and his remaining funds were frozen.
As a result, the prosecutor's office abandoned the intention to confiscate the numerous properties that Teif had in the United States.
After all, while the accused was in pre-trial detention, his property was subject to taxes, non-payment of which threatened to confiscate property. When Teif's debt exceeded $ 152, his defense petitioned the judge to allow him to pay it off using his assets arrested by the prosecutor's office. The judge agreed and at the same time postponed the date of sentencing from August to early July.
Voentorg OJSC was established in 2009 on the basis of a presidential decree and an order of the Russian Defense Minister. Then this post was occupied by Anatoly Serdyukov. It provides catering and bath and laundry services in the interests of the Ministry of Defense.
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