a Court in the U.S. state of Georgia arrested five people on charges of fraud and money laundering. The charges brought against two Russian citizens, two Italians and an American, reports the press service of the Ministry of justice.
this, in particular, the head of the company KS Engineering (KSE), Oleg Nikitin, employee of the company Anton Cheremukhin.
As noted in the Department, they were suspected of conspiracy to circumvent international law on emergency economic powers (IEEPA) and the Law on export control reform from 2018 (ECRA).
According to the prosecution, belongs to Nikitin was in Russia the company KS Engineering, he is suspected of conspiracy to commit money laundering, financial fraud and attempting to circumvent trade restrictions.
According to the indictment, an unnamed Russian government-controlled business have contracted with Nikitin and KSE for the purchase of the power turbine, the Vectra 40G from the American manufacturer approximately 17.3 million dollars.
Us investigators have established the intention of the Russian companies to use Vectra on the Russian Arctic deep-water (over 500 feet) drilling platform.
In the indictment it is alleged that Nikitin, cheryomukhin and KSE hired Villone, Caparini and GVA to obtain the Vectra on their behalf. Then Villon, Caprine and GVA have used the services of Bagru and WMO for the purchase of Vectra from the American manufacturer and send a Vectra abroad. The parties agreed to conceal the true end-user as Vectra from the American manufacturer and the U.S. government by submitting false documentation, which stated that the Vectra will be used by the American company in Atlanta and around it.
Nikitin, cheryomukhin, the Villon and Caparini can be sentenced to deprivation of liberty for a term up to 20 years and fined 1 million dollars on charges of violating the sanctions regime and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years and a fine in the amount of 250 000 US dollars for conspiring to defraud the U.S. authorities.