On April 16, 2013, the FBI raided a Russian gambling and money-laundering ring operating out of a Trump Tower apartment in Manhattan — just one floor below the penthouse apartment occupied by Donald J. Trump. In all, the agents took 29 suspected members of two global gambling rings into custody.
The illegal gambling and money-laundering operations were allegedly ran out of Trump Tower by a Russian mob boss named Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov. Fortunately for Mr. Tokhtakhounov, it just so happened that he was was not in Trump Tower at the time of the raid. Mr. Tokhtakhounov was indicted and remains a fugitive.
Seven months after the FBI raid on Trump Tower, Mr. Tokhtakhounov, a fugitive from American law enforcement, was on the red carpet of Donald Trump’s 2013 Miss Universe pagent in Moscow as a celebrity guest.
As reported in Adam Khan’s tweetstorm below, Trump denies knowing fugitive Russian mobster Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov.
The FBI has been pursuing Mr. Tokhtakhounov since 2002, when he was charged with fixing ice dancing and pairs skating competitions at the Salt Lake City Olympics.
In connection with the 2013 Trump Tower raid, federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged him in April with being a leader of a sports betting ring with operations in New York, Los Angeles, Russia and Ukraine. The setup drew in billionaire gamblers and laundered money through accounts around the world, prosecutors say.
In 2014, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, obtained multiple convictions in connection with the Trump Tower raid.
In a DOJ press release, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in reference to Mr. Tokhtakhounov:
“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… 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…” (US DOJ, April 30, 2014)
On March 11, 2017, President Trump fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
More on Mr. Tokhtakhounov And the Russian money-laundering operation:
4. Trump denied meeting Tokhtakhounov but then he also lied about his ties to the other Russian mobster, Felix Sater twitter.com/khanoisseur/st…—
Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) December 27, 2016