Theft of 10000 pounds of chocolate helps bring down 33 Russian mobsters

Austin Daniel
June 9, 2017

"We have charged 33 members and associates of a Russian organized crime syndicate allegedly engaging in a panoply of crimes around the country", acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said in a statement on Wednesday. Numerous group members were based in New York City, but others were located in Florida, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania and overseas, according to the indictment.

When more than 30 members of a Russian organized crime syndicate get arrested for racketeering, credit card fraud, and contract killing, it takes something truly special for those charges to be considered afterthoughts. "The indictments include charges against the alleged head of this national criminal enterprise, one of the first federal racketeering charges ever brought against a Russian 'vor'". They were predominantly from the former Soviet Union, and many of them had ties to Russia, Georgia and Ukraine.

"The suspects in this case cast a wide net of criminal activity, aiming to make as much money as possible, all allegedly organized and run by a man who promised to protect them", FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in the statement.

Members of the Shulaya Enterprise, as the crime syndicate is called, are also charged with selling untaxed cigarettes, scheming to bribe local law enforcement officials, and operating illegal poker businesses. In April, two of the defendants allegedly executed the scheme, making over $1,000 by manipulating the machines.

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In court papers, Dzhanashvili was accused of directing a plot to convince an unnamed female member of the enterprise "to drug or otherwise render unconscious" someone he was hoping to rob in Atlantic City earlier this year. "For example, Jikia suggested, among other things, that "maybe you [CS-1] should disappear it [sic],' and more specifically referred to the use of 'acid" to dissolve the corpse".

If convicted, some defendants could face up to 40 years in prison, according to the complaint.

Two others charged are accused of conspiring to commit murder for hire.

Numerous crimes the suspects are being charged with are expected to be tried for maximum sentences, according to court documents.

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