The State Department will pay $7 million for information that will lead to the arrest of a fraudster from Russia
5 December Государственный департамент США has offered a reward of up to $7 million for information leading to the arrest of Russian citizen Artem Uss. He is accused of violating sanctions and fraud.
Uss allegedly orchestrated transnational fraud, smuggling and money laundering operations. He did all this in part through Nord-Deutsche Industrieanlagenbau GmbH (NDA GmbH), a privately held industrial equipment and supplies trading company based in Hamburg, Germany.
As owners of NDA GmbH, Uss and another co-conspirator reportedly illegally exported millions of US dollars in military and dual-use items, transported technology from the US to Russia, and used the US financial system to facilitate the smuggling of millions of barrels of oil from Venezuela.
In the fall of 2022, Uss was detained at Milan airport at the request of the United States, reports RBC. A month later, he was placed under house arrest, which the businessman served in a villa in the municipality of Basiglio (Italian authorities later seized it and other assets of the businessman), but in March 2023, after the court approved the extradition of the Russian to the United States, he escaped and returned in Russia.
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Uss explained the escape by saying that the Italian court demonstrated “clear political bias” and a willingness to “bend under US pressure.” Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica wrote that Russian intelligence services could have helped the entrepreneur. The State Department, commenting on these events, stated that Russia violated the sovereignty of Italy.
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In Russia, a case of money laundering has also been opened against Uss. After the businessman was detained in Milan, the Ministry of Internal Affairs put him on the wanted list, and the court arrested him in absentia. When Uss returned, the preventive measure was changed to a written undertaking not to leave the place.
Artem Uss is the son of the senator from the Krasnoyarsk Territory and ex-governor of the region Alexander Uss. Uss Sr., who left the post of governor in April and became a senator in June, did not comment on the version of his son’s escape, but thanked everyone who supported him, especially the president Vladimir Putin. The ex-governor noted that his son is innocent.
Any credible information regarding this case should be directed to the FBI at Tips.FBI@fbi.gov.
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