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Taiwanchik Case Summary

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On 4/16/2013, 34 suspected members and associates of two related Russian-American organized crime enterprises were suspected of and charged with multiple offenses by a Manhattan U.S. Attorney. Charges included racketeering, money laundering, extortion, fraud, and the operation of illegal poker rooms in New York City (United States of America v Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, Vadim Trincher, Anatoly Golubchik, et. al., 2013).
“Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, a/k/a "Taiwanchik," a/k/a "Alik," Vadim Trincher, a/k/a "Dima," Anatoly Golubchik, a/k/a "Tony," Michael Sall, and Stan Greenburg, a/k/a "Slava," the defendants, as well as other known and unknown persons, were members and associates of the "Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization (United States of America v Alimzhan
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The leaders of this group were based in cities such as New York City, Kiev, and Moscow, and operated throughout the United States, including in the Southern District of New York, and internationally (United States of America v Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, Vadim Trincher, Anatoly Golubchik, et. al., 2013).
Vadim Trincher and other leaders of this organization ran an international sportsbook business whose clientele consisted of extremely wealthy Russian businessmen throughout the world. This organization is suspected of money laundering in the tens of millions of dollars through shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus and then from Cyprus to the United States (United States of America v Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, Vadim Trincher, Anatoly Golubchik, et. al., 2013).
The goals of this organization were to increase the financial well-being of those involved through an illegal gambling business, money laundering, extortion, and other crimes, preserve the power and financial profits of those involved in the organization through intimidation, violence, and threats of physical and economic harm, and to avoid detection of their illegal conduct in order to continue to make themselves rich (United States of America v Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, Vadim Trincher, Anatoly Golubchik, et. al.,
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