Zakharova: Russia «with concern» the arrest of 7 Russians in the US for money laundering

Monday, August 6, the Russian Consulate General in new York said that FBI agents arrested 4 citizens of the Russian Federation on suspicion of fraud in $4 million. And today, August 9, it became known about the arrest of 3 Russians.

Russia «concerned about reports of arrests», voiced the reaction of the Kremlin press-Secretary of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova.

#Zakharova: concerned about reports of arrests of Russians in #USA on charges of fraud and money laundering as part of the criminal group. Our Embassy asked the state Department for clarification of the incident and the Consulate General in new York to the local office of the FBI.

— Russian foreign Ministry 🇷🇺 (@MID_RF) August 9, 2018

«Our Embassy contacted the state Department for clarification of the incident and the Consulate General in new York to the local office of the FBI,» Zakharova said.

As reported by Russian RIA «news» the representative of the Ministry of justice Nicole Navas Oxman, was arrested on 5 (not 4) Russians: Maxim Severin, Cyril Deduces, S. Lissitzky, Nikolay Tupikin and Alexey Livadny. As the press-Secretary of genkonsulstva Russia in new York, Alex Topolskaya said the names of 3 detainees: Igor Stasovski, Mikhail Morozov and Alexander Starikov.

Earlier, the press service of the Russian Consulate on his official Twitter page wrote about the delayed Russian Maxim Severine, located in the new York remand prison on the same charges. According to the Consulate, his condition is satisfactory.

August 7 diplomats of the Consulate General visited in new York the detention center arrested by FBI Russian citizen Maxim Suverina. Currently he is in custody on charges of money laundering and fraudulent conspiracy.

— Consulate General of Russia in New York (@rcgnewyork) August 7, 2018

According to information on the website of the justice Department, all of the detainees except Suverina, were among 25 foreigners, which the Prosecutor’s office in new York July 24, was charged with creating a million fraudulent scheme to sell cars on the Internet.

According to the Ministry, a well-known online auction sites, the defendants were posing as dealers and collectors selling classic cars. Buyers, speculators have provided accounts of shell companies, and after receiving payment, cashed the money and take them from US.

Among the 25 defendants in the case — American, 2 Ukrainians, 2 Lithuanians, a few citizens of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and 7 of the aforementioned Russians. Each of them faces up to 30 years in prison for fraud and up to 20 years for money laundering.