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Rudy Giuliani’s Russian Spy Pal Charged With Money Laundering. Andrii Derkach supplied bogus dirt on the Bidens.

By Curt_Anderson
December 7, 2022 8:10 pm
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In August 2020, U.S. counterintelligence chief William Evanina identified Derkach as a key participant in Russian efforts to harm Joe Biden's candidacy in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. United States intelligence community analysis released in March 2021 found that Derkach was among proxies of Russian intelligence who promoted and laundered misleading or unsubstantiated narratives about Biden "to US media organizations, US officials, and prominent US individuals, including some close to former President Trump and his administration." Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani met with Derkach in December 2019.



(DOJ)A seven-count indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Andrii Derkach, 55, of Ukraine, with conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Acts (IEEPA), bank fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and four counts of money laundering in connection with the purchase and maintenance of two condominiums in Beverly Hills, California. Derkach allegedly concealed his interest in the transactions and violated sanctions imposed in 2020. Derkach remains at large. The charges and forfeiture action announced today include the first use of criminal and forfeiture powers targeting the concealment of ownership by senior foreign political officials, passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021.

“The conduct of this Kremlin asset, who was sanctioned for trying to poison our democracy, has shown he is ready, willing and capable of exploiting our banking system in order to advance his illicit goals,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York. “The U.S. will not be a safe haven where criminals, oligarchs or sanctioned entities can hide their ill-gotten gains or influence our elections. This office, together with our law enforcement partners, will use every tool available to prosecute those who evade sanctions and abuse the U.S. financial system, and we will identify, freeze and seize criminal proceeds whenever and wherever possible.”

“Kremlin-backed Ukrainian politician and oligarch, Andrii Derkach, was sanctioned for his efforts to influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential election on behalf of the Russian Intelligence Services,” said Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll of the FBI New York Field Office. “While participating in a scripted Russian disinformation campaign seeking to undermine U.S. institutions, Derkach simultaneously conspired to fraudulently benefit from a Western lifestyle for himself and his family in the United States. The FBI will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to identify Russian intelligence operations, disrupt Russian information laundering networks and bring to justice those who seek to engage in criminal conspiracies to undermine the integrity of U.S elections and evade U.S. sanctions.”

“Attempting to enjoy the safety, security and freedoms of an open society, while secretly working to undermine that very society, is a hypocrisy that runs through every sanctions charge announced by the Task Force,” said Task Force KleptoCapture Director Andrew C. Adams. “It is a particularly egregious hypocrisy in the case of Andrii Derkach – sanctioned for attempts to undermine American democracy, while corruptly seeking to benefit from its protections.”

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  1. by oldedude on December 7, 2022 8:34 pm
    Don't worry, SARS won't help and are all false, so there's no evidence.


  2. by Curt_Anderson on December 7, 2022 9:45 pm
    You still don't understand SARs. Well, you cannot say I didn't try.

    As part of the government’s effort to combat money laundering and terrorist activity, financial institutions are required to file SARs to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an arm of the Treasury Department. A SAR is supposed to be triggered by a minimum amount of a transfer (generally at least $5,000, or $2,000 for money services businesses) and a suspicion the transfer involved funds derived from an illegal activity.

    -snip-

    "A financial institution only had to say 'something doesn't look right about this' using the FinCEN guidance," said James E. Johnson, Treasury undersecretary for enforcement in the late 1990s who oversaw FinCEN. "That is well short of, 'I think a crime has been committed.' "
    heraldnet.com
    washingtonpost.com


  3. by oldedude on December 7, 2022 9:51 pm
    Hold on. explain to me how owning two condos is illegal? I don't get it. Are you saying that owning your house can be illegal if the government doesn't like you?

    Please explain! I'm anxious to hear the reasons, because it's a personal purchase. Should the government be worried about that? I hope they didn't use SARs, because they're probably arresting him just because he a Ukrainian.


  4. by Curt_Anderson on December 7, 2022 10:22 pm
    Correct. Owning condos per se is not illegal.

    US Charges Ukrainian 'Russian Agent' With Money Laundering
    (VOA) WASHINGTON — A Ukrainian politician and businessman accused of spying for Russia and seeking to sway the 2020 U.S. presidential election has been charged with money laundering and other crimes in connection with his secret purchase of two Beverly Hills condominiums, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday.

    Andrii Derkach, a Ukrainian member of parliament who was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2020 for his efforts to spread disinformation about U.S. officials ahead of the presidential election, is accused of using shell corporations to hide his 2013 purchase of the two properties for more than $3 million, according to an eight-count indictment unsealed on Wednesday.
    voanews.com


  5. by oldedude on December 8, 2022 6:20 am
    So purchasing condos is illegal. If I buy a condo and we put it in my wife's name, that's illegal?


  6. by Donna on December 8, 2022 10:29 am

    I remember at least one Republican here posting dirt on President Biden that was obtained from Andrii Derkach, to which I laughed at because I had already read reports about what a slimeball he was.

    Ukrainian lawmaker who leaked Biden audio sanctioned over alleged election interference (September 10, 2020)


    foxnews.com


  7. by oldedude on December 8, 2022 11:49 am
    that's the pot calling the kettle black isn't it?


  8. by oldedude on December 8, 2022 11:58 am
    I also find it funny that NOW when someone feels the dirt is "bogus" against the pedojoe crime family, but fully support a campaign that included illegal and immoral activities committed by the DOJ/FBI/IC.


  9. by Curt_Anderson on December 8, 2022 12:13 pm
    OD, the thing is Russians admit to election meddling to help Trump.
    npr.org


  10. by oldedude on December 8, 2022 1:24 pm
    They've been doing that since Ike. I really expected you to have at least some new information... BTW, so have the Chinese, Iranians, and DPRK. This is a "given" that they do this to everyone in the western world, Central America, and Africa. You just assume it.


  11. by oldedude on December 8, 2022 1:30 pm
    I'm also waiting for an answer curt- "If I buy a condo and we put it in my wife's name, that's illegal?"

    I'm just wondering because you seem to think you have an airtight case after arguing and insisting that SARs were not reliable. So which is it? I'm really interested. Is it that only SARs for pedojr are unreliable? Because that just sounds silly. Everything you quote, is a legal activity. So why was he arrested? That doesn't make sense unless you're a dictator.


  12. by Curt_Anderson on December 8, 2022 2:07 pm
    No, OD, buying a condo is not illegal. Money laundering is illegal. Derkach has been charged in a seven-count indictment with a number of financial crimes, including conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, bank fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and four counts of money laundering.

    What I said about SARs is that they are not the smoking gun evidence of financial crimes that you and Rep. Comer seem to believe. I also said you and HtS are setting yourself up for disappoint if you have the wrong idea about SARs.

    Rep. James Comer (R-KY) has repeatedly insisted that "suspicious activity" claims filed against Hunter Biden and other members of President Joe Biden's family are rare and indicate possible illegal behavior. But the Treasury Department says it expects millions of such claims to be filed in the next year.

    Suspicious activity reports, known as SARs, are filed by financial institutions with the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and can be used as the basis for investigations into possible illegal activity, but they are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

    SARs can be initiated when bank accounts are involved in any activity out of the ordinary course of business. This includes unusually large or complex deposits that could indicate the account holder is attempting to store funds for an illegal purpose.


    americanindependent.com


  13. by oldedude on December 8, 2022 3:15 pm
    I guess that since I was only a GS13 Financial Intelligence Analyst and Financial Crimes Training Manager at FinCEN for 10 years, I'm sure I wouldn't know near as much about them as you do.

    I won't say they are rare at all. And what you regurgitated in your last two paragraphs are the "official" bile the government puts out created by lawyers. What I was trying to get through to you is that there is nuance to every SAR, and that ONE SAR alone is nothing to start a case on (unless there are other factors). There's also a thing in banking called Know Your Customer (KYC) financial institutions are required to have as a program. I also mentioned the AML system your "paper" got wrong.

    And, like I said before, You check the SARs over. 1. is this your azzhole? 2. If it is, what does this pertain to? 3. What legit "business" is your "badguy" in? 4. What is their legitimate income vs their lifestyle vs their financial flow. 5. Are shell or shelf institutions involved? 6. Is the money flowing in, out, or through the person, account, or entity. 7. Who was the originator of the money vs who was the end recipient.

    EVERYTHING I PEPPERED YOU WITH are items I must answer in my report. I take those SARs and compare them to CTRs the banks automatically produce. If needed, I also need to look at FEDWIRE, SWIFT, etc accounts.

    The biggest thing with me, is that you whine that they're not valid for one person, but believe them to be iron clad in another. Pick one. Quit your dogma that runs your life. You're worse than a MAGA.


  14. by oldedude on December 8, 2022 7:37 pm
    OD, the thing is Russians admit to election meddling to help Trump.
    You're a BALD FACED LIAR. From YOUR OWN POST here is what the Russians said, and your other reference said they had been doing this forever. You're a liar.

    "In 2018, Prigozhin and a dozen other Russian nationals and three Russian companies were charged in the U.S. with operating a covert social media campaign aimed at fomenting discord and dividing American public opinion ahead of the 2016 presidential election won by Republican Donald Trump."
    Again.

    You have actually proved yourself a liar. It doesn't say they worked for Trump or to get him elected. It says this butthead and a "dozen other Russian nationals and three Russian companies were charged in the U.S. with operating a covert social media campaign aimed at fomenting discord and dividing American public opinion ahead of the 2016 presidential election" and that Trump won the election. Period. I'm going to call you on bullshit. Sorry, but this is a common thing among liberals.

    If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
    Ergo, you're nothing but a pawn of the state that you lie for. вы понимаете
    npr.org
    en.wikipedia.org


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