Russian Mob Tied Gambling Ring Busted as FBI Raided Art Gallery in in Manhattan

Meet the People Involved  in Russian Mob Tied High Stakes Gambling Ring in Manhattan.

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This week 34 people were charged in massive gambling ring catered to Wall Street billionaires, Russian oligarchs, hedge fund hot shots and A-list clientele.

meet-the-billionaire-art-dealing-playboy-who-was-arrested-in-a-massive-gambling-ring-this-weekU.S. prosecutors charged the defendants  Hillel “Helly” Nahmad, and Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, allegedly a “Vor,” or high-level Russian criminal, in a 27- count indictment unsealed today in federal court in Manhattan. Also 29 of the defendants were arrested in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and Los Angeles, according to a statement from the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

The operation allegedly involved two criminal organizations, Nahmad-Trincher ( Los Angeles and NYC), which catered to millionaires, billionaires and poker pros, and Taiwanchik-Trincher (Kiev, NYC, and Moscow), which serviced oligarchs from Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Billionaire playboy and known Manhattan art dealer Hillel Nahmad  runs New York Gallery in the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side. He was arrested in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Federal investigators have charged him with leading an international gambling ring with ties to the Russian mob, laundering over $100 million, and fraud. Nahmad is also accused of using $1.35 million of his father’s money – transferred from a Swiss bank account – to finance the gambling operation.
The Nahmad family has long been known art world, with an estimated worth of over $3 billion that includes over 300 Picassos and 4,500 other works by well-known, high value artists, many of which are stored in a warehouse in Switzerland.

The operation allegedly involved two criminal organizations, Nahmad-Trincher ( Los Angeles and NYC), which catered to millionaires, billionaires and poker pros, and Taiwanchik-Trincher (Kiev, NYC, and Moscow), which serviced oligarchs from Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Groups had operations  across continents with defendants located in Los Angeles, Russia, New York and the former Soviet Union, bank accounts in Switzerland, holding companies in Cyprus and the United States, and a gambling website in Taiwan.

Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, the alleged head of the operation’s overseas division. Tokhtakhounov is reportedly a high-ranking member in the Russian mafia with close relationships to many high-powered Russian politicians, including some who are friends with Vladimir Putin.

Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov

Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov

Mr. Tokhtakhounov was allegedly referred as “Vory V Zakone,” sometimes known as a Vor or a “thief in law,” the highest level of Russian mob.
Tokhatkhounov was the guy charged with allegedly bribing officials at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
Between December 2011 and January 2012, Mr. Tokhtakhounov was paid $10 million for his leadership role in the organization, according to the indictment.
Mr. Tokhtakhounov was allegedly referred as “Vory V Zakone,” sometimes known as a Vor or a “thief in law,” the highest level of Russian gangsters.

“Vor” gets tribute from other criminals, offers protection, and uses “their authority to resolve disputes among criminals.”
Tokhatkhounov’s group allegedly ran an illegal gambling business, money laundering, extortion, and other criminal operations. The crux of their business, however, was a series of high-stakes poker games and gambling activities frequented by oligarchs.
Nahmad-Trincher, based in Los Angeles and NYC, was structured in much the same way, but catered to Wall Streeters, pro athletes, and Hollywood stars.

Two men arrested on Tuesday as part of the investigation were Anatoly Shteyngrob and, back, a smiling Anatoly Golubchik.

Two men arrested on Tuesday as part of the investigation were Anatoly Shteyngrob and, back, a smiling Anatoly Golubchik.

$50 million running through Cypriot and American shell companies, or $499,800 sent to a bank account in Taiwan owned by an illegal gambling website operating in the United States, or $850,000 moving from a Swiss bank account to a U.S. bank account under the control of Noah “The Oracle” Seigel.
To hide all these transactions, says the complaint, the Trincher groups relied on a sophisticated money laundering operation. Not only did they run money through a Brooklyn car garage, a real estate company, and an online used car dealership, but they also used a JP Morgan branch manager in NYC named Ronald Uy.
Uy, who was named as a defendant, allegedly assisted “in structuring several transactions at the Bank designed in part to avoid generating currency transaction reports,” according to the indictment.

When one client wins, another one must lose. Losers playing in the Trincher group’s high stakes games could, according to the Feds, expect violence or at least threats of it.
In one case,” Nahmad-Trincher allegedly took control of 50% of “Client-3’s” Bronx-based plumbing business when he racked up $2 million in gambling debt.

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There were several arrests made in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and other places.
FBI raided Helly Nahmad Art Gallery at the swanky Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Feds were looking for Helly Nahmad, the son of billionaire art baron David Nahmad.

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