UPDATE: 2 Liberty Reserve Figures Jailed In New York; 1 Of Them Has Lawyer Experienced In Mob Cases

recommendedreading1Two defendants in the alleged $6 billion Liberty Reserve money-laundering conspiracy are listed as inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York. They are Vladimir Kats, also known as “Ragnar,” and Mark Marmilev, also known as “Marko” and “Mark Halls.”

Kats is 41; Marmilev is 33. Their release dates are listed as “unknown.” Filings in the case show that both men are jailed by “consent” and have reserved their rights to apply for bail later.

Attorney James R. Froccaro Jr. has entered an appearance notice for Marmilev. Froccaro previously has represented clients implicated in schemes involving organized-crime figures. He also has represented clients caught up in bizarre and incongruous crimes, such as the case of Dr. Felix Lanting, an 85-year-old physician accused of running a pill mill on Staten Island.

From SILive on Jan. 13, 2013 (italics added):

Prosecutors said Dr. Lanting wrote a staggering 3,029 oxycodone prescriptions for various patients through his private practice over more than six months that year. He sold the scripts, at an average of $200 each, to patients who didn’t need them, with the help of “bouncers” to keep recipients in line.

Three of the so-called bouncers — all with criminal records — often worked out deals with their own “patients” to get oxycodone pills, which they allegedly sold for $10 to $15 on the street.

Marmilev, who was arrrested last week in Brooklyn, was described by prosecutors as a designer of Liberty Reserve’s technological infrastructure. Liberty Reserve was described as a criminal enterprise.

Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky was arrested last week in Spain. Seven individuals with ties to Liberty Reserve have been charged criminally. The others include Ahmed Yassine Abdelghani, also known as “Alex”; Allan Esteban Hildago Jimenez, also known as “Allen Garcia”; Azzeddine El Amine; and Maxim Chukharev.



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4 Responses to “UPDATE: 2 Liberty Reserve Figures Jailed In New York; 1 Of Them Has Lawyer Experienced In Mob Cases”

  1. Liberty Reserve Operators Plead Not Guilty in Scheme

    Vladimir Kats, a Liberty Reserve co-founder, and Mark Marmilev, who the U.S. said helped maintain the business infrastructure, made their first public court appearance since the U.S. announced the case on May 28. A May 24 appearance was held with the charges still under seal, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said at today’s arraignment in Manhattan.

  2. Thanks, Tony.


  3. Small update from a few days ago:
    CR Wife of Liberty Reserve Culprit Wants Half

    Yesenia Valerio Vargas (now 39 years old) agreed to marry the Ukrainian-born American, Arthur Budovsky, imprisoned on 24 May in Spain at the request of the United States. Budovsky was one of the main people behind the Liberty Reserve money laundering. liberty reserve is being called the largest money laundering scheme in history.
    About $6 Billion in assets were taken from the house of Budovsky in Costa Rica and is going to be auctioned off. Yesenia Valerio Vargas and her lawyer are saying she is entitled to the spouses half.

  4. Thanks for that, Tony.