News reports today from NBC 4 and the New York Times are highlighting the FBI's Eurasian Organized Crime Squad's execution of federal search warrants in connection with an illegal gambling ring that has ties to Russian organized crime. The search warrants went out in New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles.
Preet Bharara of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York was responsible for the indictment of 34 individuals that were under investigation for high-stakes poker dens and offshore sports betting. Among those indicted were poker pros Bill Edler, Peter Feldman, Abe Mosseri, Joe Mancuso, Vadim Trincher, John Hanson and Eddie Ting.
The names of the 34 individuals indicted:
|Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov||Vadim Trincher|
|Anatoly Golubchik||Michael Sall|
|Stan Greenberg||Illya Trincher|
|Hillell Nahmad||John Hanson|
|Noah Siegel||Jonathan Hirsch|
|Arthur Azen||Donald McCalmont|
|Dmitry Druzhinsky||Alexander Zaverukha|
|Alexander Katchaloff||Anatoly Shteyngrob|
|Ilya Rozenfeld||Peter Skyllas|
|Ronald Uy||Nicholas Hirsh|
|Bryan Zuriff||Moshe Oratz|
|Kirill Rapoport||David Aaron|
|Justin Smith||Abraham Mosseri|
|William Edler||Peter Feldman|
|Eugene Trincher||Edwin Ting|
|Molly Bloom||William Barbalat|
|Yugeswar Rajkumar||Joseph Mancuso|
Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov had been previously indicted for an alleged attempt to bribe Winter Olympics officials in 2002. Tokhtakhounov is named in the indictment as a leader in the Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization; Vadim Trincher and Anatoly Golubchik were also named as the primary leaders of the organization.
“The Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization was an international organized-crime group with leadership based in New York City, Kiev and Moscow, and that operated throughout the United States,” the indictment reads.
Hillel “Helly” Nahmad, who owned the Helly Nahmad Gallery inside the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue, was also charged and that location was raided after agents executed a search warrant. Nahmad is charged with helping finance a multimillion-dollar gambling ring.
From NBC 4. “The organization's members used a sophisticated money-laundering scheme to move tens of millions of dollars of gambling proceeds from the former Soviet Union through shell companies in Cyprus into various investments and shell companies in the U.S., the indictment alleges.”
The following information on some of the others listed in the indictment is taken from PokerNews.com:
- Molly “Poker Princess” Bloom — Best known at the organizer of past high-stakes poker games that included Toby Maguire, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alex Rodriguez, among others.
- Bill Edler — World Series of Poker Bracelet winner with $1,331,178 in WSOP earnings. Also named BLUFF Magazine’s 2007 Player of the Year.
- Abe Mosseri—Won the 2009 WSOP Event #55 $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball for $165,521. Has also appeared on the poker TV show The Big Game.
- Peter Feldman—Two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner with $1,142,388 in career WSOP earnings.
- John Hanson—An options trader from New York who has two final table appearances in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (third in 2007 for $852,480 and runner-up in 2009 for $789,199).
- Michael Sall—Once bet Brian Zembic $100,000 that he wouldn’t get breast implants.
Justin Smith is listed in the indictment but it is not known if Smith is the popular poker pro Justin “Boosted J” Smith.
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