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Gang of Ukrainian thieves who sneaked USD 30 mln from vaults in Ukraine detained in USA

Source : 112 Ukraine

At least 25 people are involved in the gang; after stealing the funds, they legalized them in the States but eventually got busted
13:36, 23 April 2021

Reuters

American law enforcers detained members of criminal gang, which stole 30 million US dollars from vaults in Ukraine and then legalized them in the U.S. Press office of the National Police of Ukraine reported that on April 23.

Those behind the gang are citizens of Ukraine who also hold the American passports. There are at least 25 people involved in the organization.

In 2015-2016 alone, the culprits stole money from 51 people; the suspects sneaked some USD 606,000 from their bank vaults. To get the criminals, Ukrainian policemen tightly cooperated with their colleagues in various countries such as Latvia, Moldova, Macedonia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and the U.S. They hunted for this gang for three years.

"Approximately in 2012-2015, two citizens of Ukraine who are also US citizens and never abandoned the Ukrainian citizenship decided to regularly sneak other people's property from individual vaults by infiltrating the bank vaults", reads the message.

The culprits stole funds in both national and foreign currencies, gold items, jewellery, coins and gold bars et cetera. They also faked official papers and used them for their own advantage.

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The suspects prepared similar actions in Georgia, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan because Ukrainian investigators earned their counterparts.

During pretrial investigation, the National Police of Ukraine sent to court the indictments against six individuals. In four more cases, Ukrainian law enforcers requested assistance from the US Department of Justice. 

US Department of Justice accused three invidivuals of money laundering on the territory of the States; the estimated amount of money made USD 30,000,000.

The suspects are now detained; the law enforcers searched their dwellings. They face 20 years behind the bars in the U.S. alone.

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