Tuesday, January 31, 2023

US accuses a Russian agent of Ukraine of fraud

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – A former Ukrainian lawmaker who US officials say acted as a Russian agent for more than a decade and tried to rig the 2020 US election has been found in a luxury Beverly Hills home. Has been charged in New York for buying property.

The charges against Andrey Derkach, 55, of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, were announced Wednesday by US Attorney Breon Peace in Brooklyn.

The United States had classified Derkach as an “active Russian agent” for more than a decade. He is said to have met with former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani several times during the 2020 campaign and released false recordings of President Joe Biden to discredit him.

According to prosecutors, Derkach tried to give himself and his family a luxurious life by purchasing two condominiums in Beverly Hills, hiding the interest he earned on those transactions from the banks.

He has been charged with criminal association for violating the Emergency Economic Powers Act, bank fraud and money laundering.

Peace said in a statement, “The conduct of this Kremlin agent, who has been sanctioned for trying to poison our democracy, shows his willingness to exploit the banking system to further his illegal ends.” , Willing and Able.”

Director of the FBI Office in New York, Michael J. Driscoll reported that Dirkach was sanctioned by the Treasury Department in September 2020 for trying to influence elections through a “campaign of covert influence” to benefit Russian intelligence services.

“While participating in a Russian disinformation campaign to undermine American institutions, Derkach simultaneously conspired to defraud of a Western lifestyle for himself and his family in the United States,” Driscoll said.

Assistant prosecutor Andrew Adams, head of a commission investigating crimes committed by Russian oligarchs, called Derkach’s real estate purchases “hypocrisy of a particularly flagrant kind”.

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