Fraud Friday: Murder-for-Hire Plot - Spidell

Fraud Friday: Murder-for-Hire Plot


Leonid Teyf, Russian citizen living in Raleigh, NC, was charged with money laundering, bribing a public official, planning a murder-for-hire and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, and immigration fraud. Teyf received kickbacks of Russian government funds that were paid in cash and amounted to more than $150 million over an approximate two-year span, with some of the funds being held in U.S. accounts. The murder-for-hire plot was directed at Teyf’s wife’s ex-lover; he paid a U.S. government employee to have the man deported and then paid an undercover FBI agent $25,000 to kill the man before the end of 2018. Needless to say, Teyf also filed false income tax returns and failed to file an FBAR. (U.S. v. Teyf (February 6, 2020) U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, Case No. 5:18-CR-00452-FL-1)

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