Two Ukrainians extradited to the United States: they laundered half a million dollars in Texas
Two Ukrainian citizens, members of an international organized network that provided cashing and money laundering services, were extradited from the Czech Republic to Dallas, Texas. This is stated in the message on the site. US Department of Justice.
Viktor Vorontsov, 39, and Zlata Hanska-Muzhuk, 40, were charged with conspiracy to launder money in February 2020 in Texas.
According to the indictment, Muzhuk and Vorontsov were members of an international organized network providing cashing and money laundering services to cyber fraudsters who used stolen data to transfer funds from the victims' bank accounts to bank accounts created by the participants in the fraud scheme.
For a fee, Muzhuk and Vorontsov provided a network of drop accounts for receiving, transferring and concealing money received as a result of fraudulent money transfers over the Internet.
The indictment alleges that between October and November 2017, fraudsters transferred funds totaling nearly $ 500.
During the FBI investigation, the Czech National Organized Crime Agency (NCOZ) collaborated to collect information and evidence.
At the end of January 2020, NCOZ informed the FBI that Muzhuk was visiting Vorontsov at his residence in the Czech Republic. On February 6, 2020, NCOZ arrested Muzhuk and Vorontsov at the request of the United States and seized valuable evidence from both the defendants and Vorontsov's residence.
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Muzhuk and Vorontsov were detained pending the completion of the extradition procedure. January 21, 2021. The Czech Ministry of Justice granted the extradition of Muzhuk and Vorontsov. The defendants were taken into FBI custody on March 3, 2021 and airlifted from Prague to Dallas.
Vorontsov and Muzhuk declared their innocence on the charges. They are now in custody.
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