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Monday, November 20, 2017

Police investigate suspicious death at Concord hotel

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Emmon Bodfish -

Here's this week's article from the Bay Area Reporter.  Thanks to Ed Walsh for
the professional but sensitive reporting he is doing on the case!  (I wonder if
the friends had met the son and have any opinion on his possible involvement.)
Hermit
                       Bodfish likely struggled with killer, report says
                                           by Ed Walsh
         Transgendered murder victim Emmon Bodfish was known for doing
everything he could to be unknown and there was perhaps no greater symbol of
his reclusivity than his home on his seven acre estate in Orinda. Meanwhile,
Bodfish's coroner's report indicates he may have struggled with his killer.
         Last Thursday, August 19, this reporter was allowed to accompany three
of Bodfish's close friends along with his lawyer and executor Garrett Riegg, as
they returned to that home along Miner Road, an area known for some of the
highest priced real estate in the East Bay. The Bodfish home is just a
25-minute drive from San Francisco but the property is so wooded and isolated,
one could easily get the feeling that they are hundreds of miles away from
anything resembling a major city.
         Although Riegg estimates the property to be worth about $2 million,
the house itself is extremely modest and looks more like a cabin in the middle
of the Sierra than a home in an exclusive Bay Area bedroom community. It's just
two bedrooms, one bath, with a smaller cabin on a hill overlooking the home.
The house has a very rustic feel and Bodfish's friends say that was in keeping
with his nature-based Druid faith.
         One of Bodfish's close friends who knew him for more than two decades,
before Margaret became Emmon, said she appreciated the Bay Area Reporter's
sensitivity in its coverage of the case but didn't want to be quoted on the
record. She said she felt very conflicted about discussing her friend's life
because privacy was extremely important to him. When asked if Bodfish would
have preferred to be known as a man or woman, she said Bodfish presented
himself to most of the world as a man but his female identity was something he
chose to keep.
         Another friend, Stacey Weinberger, who has spoken with the B.A.R.
before, said she also felt conflicted about speaking to the media but thought
it was important for people to know that Bodfish wasn't a freak, but a very
good, honest, and caring person.
         A third friend, Doug Handler, also spoke with great affection about
Emmon Bodfish. The friends were allowed to claim a few sentimental items that
had special meaning for them. Handler, who also knew Bodfish before Bodfish
began living as a man, took a tiny photo of Margaret Bodfish as a child. He was
also allowed to keep a plumbing book with a photo of an adult Margaret Bodfish
demonstrating a plumbing job. Before Bodfish worked as an investment advisor,
he ran his own pool maintenance and plumbing business. An old and partially
burned blue truck bearing his company name, "The Blue Lagoon," continues to
stand watch in front of his home.
         Skull, facial bone fractures
         Bodfish died in the solitude of that home that he cherished so much
during his life. Now, almost two months after his bludgeoning death, much of
his home still remains how he left it but much has changed. Bodfish's body was
found on the floor in the living room next to a bookcase. Now, many of the
books that became bloodstained are packed away in plastic bags. A square patch
of carpet is cut away from the Oriental rug where his head lay.
         The B.A.R. obtained a copy of Bodfish's coroner's report which appears
to indicate a struggle he had with his attacker. The official cause of death is
listed as "blunt-force head injuries." The report details fractures to his
skull and facial bones and cuts to the forehead and upper lip. Bruises were
found on his chin, legs, shoulder, and back. "A decorative screen with a glass
front was standing to the right of the body," the report details. "The glass
was broken and there was evidence of blood splatter on this item. The head was
laying near one wall which was totally made up of book shelves."
         The highest bloodstain on the book shelves observed by this reporter
was only about three feet off the floor. The bloodstained books that were
removed came from the lower shelves of the book case. The blood splatter
evidence seems to indicate that Bodfish was struck once or several times while
he was already down and lying next to the bookshelf. Forensic experts say that
the first blow to the head is unlikely to cause blood to splatter. Bodfish may
have been taken down by the first or second hit and then beaten to death while
he was lying helplessly on the floor.
         The report goes into graphic detail over the extent of decomposition
of the body with the opinion being that "the decedent had been dead for several
days." Bodfish's body was found by his ex-mother-in-law, Edith Willes, on June
30 at about 9 a.m. At about 6 p.m. that same day in a phone conversation,
Willes told her grandson, Max Wills, that his mother was dead. Hours later,
Wills checked into a Santa Monica hotel room where he killed himself.
         Orinda police say they don't consider Wills a suspect in Bodfish's
death nor can they rule him out.  Wills had been vacationing in Southern
California when Bodfish was killed but investigators say they can't account for
all his time there. Orinda police Sergeant Mark Hale who told the B.A.R. last
week that investigators are waiting for some potentially important new
information said this week that are still waiting for that information. Hale
wouldn't elaborate on the nature of the information they were expecting.
         Bodfish's coroner's report unveils some striking similarities between
his murder and the last homicide in Orinda almost two years ago. That was the
case in which XY magazine cover boy Josh Puckett confessed to killing Vitaly
Poliakov but said he acted in self-defense to fend off a sexual assault. The
cause of death in both the Bodfish and Poliakov murder cases was ruled as blunt
force head injuries. In both cases, the victims appeared to suffer the most
severe hit on the right side of the head. In addition, investigators say blood
splatter evidence had indicated that Poliakov, like Bodfish, likely suffered
the fatal hit while he was already down. Puckett plead guilty to involuntary
manslaughter and burglary last year and was sentenced to 13 years, eight months
in state prison.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Emmon Bodfish - The Druid Murders of Orinda and the Land Grab

Borrowed from another blogger - links lead here
zagria.blogspot.com

18 August 2013

Emmon Bodfish (1943 – 1999) druid, plumber, investment advisor

Originally from Ohio, Emmon Bodfish was active in the Reformed Druids of North America. He produced the Druid Missal-Any Magazine 1983-1991, some of which was reprinted in A Reformed Druid Anthology, 2nd Edition, Volume 3: The Magazine Volume. At this time he corresponded with trans woman Tadhg MacCrossan, in the period before she wrote The Sacred Cauldron. His wisdom is still quoted on Druid sites.

As his prior identity, Margaret, Bodfish ran a pool maintenance and plumbing business, The Blue Lagoon. Later he worked as an investment advisor. He owned a simple home in the affluent Orinda area outside San Francisco. He also owned a town-house in Marin County. In the late nineties he was apparently isolated and depressed, and occasionally reverted to being a woman.

In June 1999 Emmon was found bludgeoned to death. The next day his son Max Wills was found, an apparent suicide in a Santa Monica hotel room. Max was known to have suffered from long term depression but was reluctant to kill himself while his mother was alive.

Later the police discovered a floor safe containing $60,000 in gold and coins. A drill had been found at the same spot but there was no sign that it was used to pry out the safe. In addition a police investigator apparently contracted Q fever in the Bodfish home.
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The murder remains unsolved.  Different possibilities have been suggested including transphobia, family involvement, a fustrated robbery and even, based on an entry in his diary, that Emmon contracted his own death.  

 The Druid sites do not mention the murder. 

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Woman dies in vehicle crash near Walnut Creek

    Woman dies in vehicle crash near Walnut Creek

    By Chris De BenedettiContra Costa Times

    Posted:   12/10/2011 10:04:17 AM PST0 Comments | Updated:   4 years ago

    WALNUT CREEK -- A 44-year-old woman died Saturday morning in a vehicle crash in unincorporated Contra Costa County, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

    The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. when the Walnut Creek woman was driving a 2011 Nissan Versa eastbound on Treat Boulevard, west of Walnut Creek, Officer J. Johnson said.
      
    For an unknown reason, she veered off the roadway and crashed into a light pole on the southeast corner of Treat Boulevard, near Cherry Lane, Johnson said.
    The woman, who has not been named, was taken by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where she was pronounced dead, he said.
    The accident is under investigation, authorities said.

    Police said they do not know the speed at which she was driving or if alcohol or drugs played a role.
    Anyone with information about the accident can call California Highway Patrol at 925-646-4980 or 707-551-4100.
    Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    OBIT: Preston Monroe Avery | PRESTON AVERY VS. COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA

    Preston Monroe Avery
    June 4, 1929 - November 24, 2012
    Resident of Cupertino
    Preston passed away peacefully in his home. He was a loving husband to his wife Lois for 58 years. He was also a father to Jerry and Patti Jo, a father-in-law to Debbie and David, grandfather to Bill, Mike, Jesse, Eli and Britni and a loving great grandfather. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters.
    Dad, Papa or Preston was a man that worked hard everyday of his life and yet still made the time to be a great husband, father, grandfather, great grandfa-ther and true friend to all.
    Preston was born in North Carolina, served in the Navy for 4 years and after-wards attended Campbell University. Preston had many jobs throughout his life. He was a very successful business man in many various fields. Of all the business ventures he pursued; his passion for construction and farming were among his favorites. Family and friends were most important in his life. Preston relished mentoring, teaching and helping others succeed and to be their best. We will all miss his guidance, expertise, support and love.
    Family and friends are invited to join the service at Oak Hill on Wed. 11/28 at 2pm.


    When you sue in Contra Costa County you can die from it.  I survived arson, fires, hit and run, shooting, muggings and good ole poison 

    OBIT: Case CIVMSC03-03186 - PRESTON AVERY VS. COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA

     










    Case CIVMSC03-03186 - PRESTON AVERY VS. COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA

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      07/23/2010 8:30 AM DEPT. 19  HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR DISMISSAL OF PLAINTIFFS COMPLAINT FILED BY COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA   VACATED    
      06/24/2010  PROOF OF SERVICE BY MAIL OF REQUEST FOR DISMISSAL ON STEVEN RETTIG FILED; SERVED ON 06/22/10   Not Applicable  N/A 
      06/24/2010  REQUEST FILED AND DISMISSAL ENTERED WITHOUT PREJUDICE AS TO ENTIRE ACTION  Not Applicable  N/A 
      06/17/2010  PROOF OF SERVICE BY MAIL FILED RE: MOTION TO DISMISS COMPLAINT MAILED 6/10/10   Not Applicable  N/A 
      06/10/2010  HEARING ON MOTION WAS SET FOR 7/23/10 AT 8:30 IN DEPT. 19       
      06/10/2010  CASE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO DEPT. 19       
      06/10/2010  REQUEST OF COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE FILED   Not Applicable  N/A 
      06/10/2010  MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES FILED BY COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO DISMISS PLAINTIFFS COMPLA INT   Not Applicable  N/A 
      06/10/2010  MOTION TO/FOR DISMISS PLAINTIFFS COMPLAINT FILED BY COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA       
      02/06/2006  MEMORANDUM OF COSTS FILED IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,534.46   Not Applicable  N/A 
      12/30/2005  REMITTITUR FROM DCA - COSTS AWARDED TO APPELLANT   Not Applicable  N/A 
      11/09/2005  OPINION; AFFIRMED IN PART/REVERSED AS TO DISMISSAL F REMAINING CAUSES OF ACTION & REMANDED FOR FUR R   Not Applicable    
      06/01/2005  NOTICE REQUESTING PREPARATION & SENDING OF OMITTED PAGE OF RECORD ON CTX   Not Applicable    
      05/12/2005  REPORTER`S TRANSCRIPT MONIES ON DEPOSIT RETURNED TO DEPOSITOR.  Not Applicable    
      03/21/2005  COURT REPORTER PAID FOR TRANSCRIPT: $57.00   Not Applicable    
      03/08/2005  NUMBER OF VOLUMES (ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS).       
      03/08/2005  ORIGINAL CLERK AND REPORTERS TRANSCRIPT/S SENT TO DCA; #AO OO, DIVISION OO   Not Applicable    
      12/02/2004  NOTICE DESIGNATING ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD FOR TRANS MITTAL TO COURT OF APPEAL   Not Applicable    
      12/02/2004  FEE RECEIVED FOR CLERKS TX FROM PRESTON AVERY   Not Applicable    
      11/01/2004  RECEIPT FOR ESTIMATED COST OF REPORTER`S TRANSCRIPT DEPOSITED  Not Applicable    
      10/21/2004  DESIGNATION OF CLERK AND REPORTERS TRANSCRIPT ON APPEAL BY APPELLANT   Not Applicable    
      10/13/2004  NOTICE OF APPEAL FILED BY PRESTON AVERY, LOIS AVERY, TRUSTEES       
      10/08/2004  NOTICE OF/TO ENTRY OF JUDGMENT DENYING WRIT OF ADM MANDATE FILED ON BEHALF OF COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA   Not Applicable    
      10/08/2004  JUDGMENT FILED/ENTERED-BEFORE TRIAL ON 10/08/04   Not Applicable    
      09/27/2004  1/2 DAY COURT REPORTER FEE PAID BY PRESTON AVERY   Not Applicable    
      09/27/2004 9:05 AM DEPT. 22  COURT TRIAL - SHORT CAUSE/ 1 DAY(S) - Minutes  DENIED    
      09/17/2004  ORDER DENYING PETRS MOT TO AUGMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD   Not Applicable    
      09/17/2004 8:30 AM DEPT. 22  HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR AUGMENT ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD FILED BY PRESTON AVERY, LOIS AVERY, LOIS AVERY - Minutes  COMPLETED    
      09/15/2004  PROOF OF PERSONAL SERVICE BY BURDY WONG SERVICE OF REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO WRIT,ETC ON COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA FILED. SERVED ON 09/15/04   Not Applicable    
      09/15/2004  REQUEST OF PRESTON AVERY, LOIS AVERY, LOIS AVERY FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE FILED   Not Applicable    
      09/15/2004  REPLY TO RESPTS OPPOSITION TO PETNRS WRIT OF MANDATE   Not Applicable    
      09/13/2004  DECL OF PERS SVC OF PTRS OPENING BRIEF, JUD NTC, MPA ON 8-11-04 SEE SVC LIST   Not Applicable    
      09/13/2004  DECL OF SERVICE OF PTRS REPLY TO RESPS OPPO, DEC L OF P AVERY ON 9-13-04 BY PERS SVC/   Not Applicable    
      09/13/2004  PROOF OF SERVICE BY FAX FILED RE: REPLY TO RESP OPPO, DEC OF PLTF ON 9-13-04/SEE SER VICE LIST   Not Applicable    
      09/13/2004  DECLARATION OF PLTF FILED RE: IN REPLY TO RESPS OPPOSITION TO PTRS MOTION TO A UGMENT ADMIN RECORD   Not Applicable    
      09/13/2004  PTRS REPLY TO RESPS OPPOSITION TO PTRS MOTION T O AUGMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD   Not Applicable    
      09/01/2004  OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO/FOR AUGMENT ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD FILED BY COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF CONTRACOSTA COSTA, JOHN GIOIA   Not Applicable    
      09/01/2004  OPPOSITION TO WRIT OF MANDATE FILED BY DEFTS.   Not Applicable    
      09/01/2004  OBJECTION TO PETNRS REQ FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE FILED BY COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF CONTRACOSTA COSTA, JOHN GIOIA   Not Applicable    
      09/01/2004  REQUEST OF COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF CONTRACOSTA COSTA, JOHN GIOIA FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE FILED   Not Applicable    
      08/16/2004  PROOF OF SERVICE BY MAIL FILED RE: MTN TO AUGMENT ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD; P&AS IN SUPT EXECUTED ON 08/13/04 & SRVD ON (SEE LIST)   Not Applicable    
      08/11/2004  DECL OF M.HYNES IN SUPP OF MTN TO AUGMENT ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD   Not Applicable    
      08/11/2004  PETNRS OPENING BRIEF   Not Applicable    
      08/11/2004  REQUEST OF PRESTON AVERY, LOIS AVERY, LOIS AVERY FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE FILED   Not Applicable    
      08/11/2004  MOTION TO/FOR AUGMENT ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD FILED BY PRESTON AVERY, LOIS AVERY, LOIS AVERY       
      08/11/2004  HEARING ON MOTION WAS SET FOR 9/17/04 AT 8:30 IN DEPT. 22       
      05/25/2004  (U.J.) ANSWER TO COMPLAINT FILED 12/24/2003 OF PRESTON AVERY FILED BY COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF CONTRACOSTA COSTA, JOHN GIOIA, GAYLE B UILKEMA, DONNA GERBER, MARK DESAULNIER, FEDERAL GLOVER, CARLOS BALTODANO, JOSEPH LOSADO, RICHARD LIERLY   Not Applicable    
      05/12/2004 8:30 AM DEPT. 22  CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE - Minutes  COMPLETED    
      05/04/2004  CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENT FILED BY PRESTON AVERY, LOIS AVERY, LOIS AVERY   Not Applicable    
      04/29/2004  CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENT FILED BY COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA   Not Applicable    
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    OBIT: Michael Sevenau Danville San Ramon Valley Schools -

    Alamo man who died in burning vehicle identified

    By Rick Hurd Contra Costa Times POSTED: 09/04/2014 11:07:54 AM PDT0 COMMENTS UPDATED: 09/04/2014 11:30:27 AM PDT ALAMO -- A man who died after he was trapped in a burning vehicle over the weekend has been identied as an Alamo man.

    The California Highway Patrol said 60-year-old Michael Sevenau died after the silver 2000 Jaguar he was driving went off the road, hit a tree and caught fire. The wreck happened just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

    An investigation showed the Jaguar was traveling east on Stone Valley Road and wound up in the west side of the road before colliding first with some mailboxes, CHP Officer John Fransen said.

    The Jaguar then spun around, broke through a wooden fence and down a dirt embankment before hitting the tree. Police are still investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the wreck.
    Investigators have not yet determined if Sevenau suffered a medical issue while he was behind the wheel. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh



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    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    Hillside Covenant Church Outreach @fbi @usdoj @wcpd



    There are many suspicious deaths in Walnut Creek

    Hillside Covenant Church Outreach

    • Date: Fall 2010
    • Connection: Hit and Run / Attempted Murder by church member
    • Domestic Terrorism: PG&E Sniper Attack Metcalf Station
    • Claimed File: Feb

    Hillside Covenant Church Outreach
    My first meeting with Hillside Covenant Church was Christmas 2010 and they seemed genuine. Their youth director friended me around May 2011 but unknown was Hillside's connection to a Concord City Councilman whose grandson died under highly suspicious circumstances in Las Vegas. I learned about events via his daughter who like many sought me out in 2014.

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    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Obit: The Clare Orton Murder and Orton Development

    WALNUT CREEK — Two promising students — one a freshman at San Diego State and the other who studied engineering at Stanford University — died Tuesday in what police said looked like a murder-suicide in a home just north of Ygnacio Valley Road.
    Clare Orton, a 19-year-old majoring in environmental engineering in San Diego, was found dead in her parents’ Walnut Creek home off Homestead Avenue. Also there was the body of Scott Bertics, a 21-year-old Lafayette resident who had attended Stanford.
    Police called to the neighborhood around 6:50 a.m. said they found the two dead from gunshot wounds inside a home on Holton Court.
    The two knew each other and had dated, police said.
    She had graduated from Las Lomas High School in 2014 and he from Acalanes in Lafayette in 2012. Both were interested in engineering and both were long distance runners on the track teams at their high schools.
    Orton’s family lived in the home for more than 10 years, said neighbor Linda Darnsteadt.
    The “very pleasant” college student was visiting her home for the summer break from San Diego State, where she had completed her first year, Darnsteadt said.
    “I’m just so sad. That’s so tragic,” she said.
    Darnsteadt and her husband Gary said that they did not hear gunshots.
    “We knew something tragic had happened, but we didn’t know what,” Linda Darnsteadt said. Police cars filled the cul-de-sac until noonOrton was an honors student at San Diego State, according to a school merit page. Her Facebook page includes a reference to membership in the Society of Women Engineers at San Diego State and to the Eco-Action Club at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek.
    For a photo of a rainbow posted on her Facebook page, she wrote, “When the sunrise is underwhelming, turn around, you may see a double rainbow.”
    Bertics was on leave of absence from Stanford and last attended the school in the fall of 2014, a school spokesman said.
    Stanford’s website lists Bertics as a member of a team that in 2013 worked on project called “Controlling Robot Dynamics with Spiking Neurons.” He is also credited in a 2014 paper by some of the same team members for developing the driver interface in a project titled: “Controlling Articulated Robots in Task-Space with Spiking Silicon Neurons.”
    A 2011 Github entry shows his pleasure at winning an animation code award. “I wrote this program during the summer quarter in 2011 and it won the Stanford CS106A graphics contest!”
    Bertics also had a YouTube channel called “sbertics” on which he put videos of his projects, but the newest videos were of glider flights over Oahu in Hawaii. His electronic device videos were three years old.
    Walnut Creek police would like to hear from anyone who might have information about what happened. They can be reached at 925-943-5844.
    Contact Katrina Cameron at 925-945-4782. Follow her at Twitter.com/katcameron91. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    Sunday, September 24, 2017

    ArmyPsyop Scott Bennett





    Published on Sep 10, 2016


    http://armypsyop.wixsite.com/shellgame On August 1, 2016, Scott Bennett (former U.S. Army Officer and Psychological Warfare Analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton-State Department) and Michael Jay Anderson (Vietnam Veteran) traveled to the offices of Congressman Mark DeSaulnier and presented him with the whistleblowing report: "SHELL GAME". No response from the Congressman's office has yet been sent, sadly. This is the video recording of those meetings. People are encouraged to use this video as an example of how to engage and present this material to their political leaders and the media. Our future depends on it.

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    USDOJ: Russian-American Organized Crime Enterprise Operating International Sportsbook That Laundered More Than $100 Million

    U.S. Attorney's Office
    Southern District of New York
    (212) 637-2600
    April 30, 2014
    Two Defendants Sentenced for Participating in Racketeering Conspiracy with Russian-American Organized Crime Enterprise Operating International Sportsbook That Laundered More Than $100 Million
    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANATOLY GOLUBCHIK was sentenced yesterday in Manhattan federal court to five years in prison, and VADIM TRINCHER was also sentenced today to five years in prison for participating in a racketeering conspiracy in connection with their roles as members of a Russian-American organized crime enterprise. GOLUBCHIK and TRINCHER were also each ordered to forfeit more than $20 million in cash, investments, and real property. They were charged in April 2013 along with 32 other alleged members and associates of two Russian-American organized crime enterprises in an indictment that included racketeering, money laundering, extortion, and various gambling offenses. GOLUBCHIK and TRINCHER were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman.
    Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “The sentences meted out to Anatoly Golubchik and Vadim Trincher are just and appropriate penalties for the roles the defendants played in this far-reaching, Russian-American organized crime ring. I’d like to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York City Police Department, and the Internal Revenue Service for their tireless efforts in working to ensure that the members of this underground enterprise were held to account for their crimes.”
    According to the indictment, other documents filed in Manhattan federal court, and statements made at various proceedings in this case, including today’s sentencing:
    The Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization (the “Organization”) was a criminal enterprise with strong ties to Russia and Ukraine. The enterprise operated a high-stakes, illegal sports gambling business out of New York City that catered primarily to Russian oligarchs living in Ukraine and Russia. GOLUBCHIK and TRINCHER were U.S.-based participants in the enterprise. GOLUBCHIK and TRINCHER booked sports bets that reached into the millions of dollars and laundered the proceeds of the Organization’s international sportsbook. Between 2006 and April 2012, the enterprise laundered approximately $100 million in proceeds from their gambling operation in Russia and Ukraine through shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus; and of this $100 million, approximately $50 million was subsequently sent from Cyprus into the United States. Once the money had been transferred to the United States, it was either laundered through additional shell companies or invested in legitimate investments, such as hedge funds and real estate.
    The Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization operated under the protection of Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, who is known as a “Vor,” a term translated as “Thief-in-Law,” that refers to a member of a select group of high-level criminals from the former Soviet Union. Tokhtakhounov used his status as a Vor to resolve disputes with clients of the high-stakes illegal gambling operation with implicit and sometimes explicit threats of violence and economic harm. Between December 2011 and February 2013, Tokhtakhounov was paid at least approximately $12 million for his services by the Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization. Tokhtakhounov is also under indictment in the Southern District of New York for his alleged involvement in bribing officials at the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tokhtakhounov is a fugitive and is still being sought.
    ***
    Twenty-eight defendants in this case have pled guilty and two have entered into deferred prosecution agreements. The defendants who have pled to date have agreed to forfeit, in total, more than $68 million. The following defendants have pled guilty, and have been sentenced or await sentencing:
    • Bryan Zuriff pled guilty to gambling charges on July 26, 2013, and was sentenced on November 25, 2013.
    • William Barbalat pled guilty to gambling charges on August 14, 2013, and was sentenced on December 16, 2013.
    • Kirill Rapoport pled guilty to gambling charges on August 16, 2013, and was sentenced on December 19, 2014.
    • Edwin Ting and Justin Smith pled guilty to gambling charges on September 4, 2013, and were sentenced on January 21, 2014, and January 6, 2014, respectively.
    • Dmitry Druzhinsky and David Aaron pled guilty to gambling charges on October 4, 2013, and were sentenced on April 18, 2014, and February 14, 2014, respectively.
    • Alexander Zaverukha pled guilty to gambling charges on October 10, 2013, and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1, 2014.
    • Nicholas Hirsch pled guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud on October 16, 2013, and was sentenced on February 25, 2014.
    • Anatoly Shteyngrob pled guilty to conspiring to commit money laundering on October 17, 2013, and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 10, 2014.
    • Yugeshwar Rajkumar pled guilty to gambling charges on October 18, 2013, and was sentenced on March 25, 2014.
    • Stan Greenberg pled guilty to conspiring to commit racketeering on October 22, 2013, and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 2, 2014.
    • Arthur Azen pled guilty to conspiring to commit money laundering and conspiring to collect extensions of credit by extortionate means on November 5, 2013, and was sentenced on April 9, 2014.
    • Hillel Nahmad pled guilty to gambling charges on November 12, 2013, and was sentenced on April 30, 2014.
    • Vadim Trincher pled guilty to conspiring to commit racketeering on November 14, 2013, and was sentenced on April 30, 2014.
    • Eugene Trincher pled guilty to gambling charges on November 14, 2013, and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 9, 2014.
    • Anatoly Golubchik pled guilty to conspiring to commit racketeering on November 15, 2013, and was sentenced on April 29, 2014.
    • Illya Trincher pled guilty to gambling charges on November 15, 2013, and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8, 2014.
    • Ronald Uy pled guilty to structuring financial transactions on November 25, 2013, and was sentenced on March 27, 2014.
    • Moshe Oratz pled guilty to gambling charges on December 3, 2013, and was sentenced on April 9, 2014.
    • Michael Sall pled guilty to interstate travel in aid of an unlawful activity (illegal gambling) and Jonathan Hirsch pled guilty to gambling charges on December 4, 2013. Sall was sentenced on April 18, 2014, and Hirsch is scheduled to be sentenced on May 9, 2014.
    • Noah Siegel pled guilty to gambling charges on December 5, 2013, and was sentenced on April 10, 2014.
    • Molly Bloom pled guilty to gambling charges on December 12, 2013, and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 2, 2014.
    • Alexander Katchaloff pled guilty to gambling charges on January 16, 2014, and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 20, 2014.
    • Donald McCalmont, John Jarekci, a/k/a “John Hanson,” and Abraham Mosseri pled guilty to making a fraudulent tax statement, to failing to file a tax return, and causing a financial institution to participate in a lottery related matter, respectively, on January 24, 2014, and are scheduled to be sentenced on May 29, 2014, May 28, 2014, and May 21, 2014, respectively.
    • William Edler and Peter Feldman entered into deferred prosecution agreements on April 11, 2014.
    Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York City Police Department, and the Internal Revenue Service.
    The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Harris M. Fischman, Joshua A. Naftalis, Peter J. Skinner, and Kristy J. Greenberg of the Violent and Organized Crime Unit are in charge of the prosecution. Assistant
    U.S. Attorney Alexander Wilson of the Office’s Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit is responsible for the forfeiture aspects of the case.
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