police car 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Three suspects were charged in Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday with attempting
to illegally take over the assets of a Russian Israeli millionaire who went
missing in Russia and who Russian police believe has been murdered.
suspects, named as Nissim Ben- Moshe Dajlatsi-Degdaleti, of Herzliya, a second
suspect who cannot be named, and Elina Bat-Yosef Miller, of Tel Aviv, deny
attempting to seize control of the assets of businessman Alexei
The three have been charged with conspiracy to commit a crime,
aggravated fraud, aggravated forgery, money laundering, illegal use of property,
and several additional offenses.
They were arrested by police on March 28
following a special undercover investigation, and have been kept in custody
since, with the exception of the second defendant who was released to house
arrest after he appealed his custody.
According to the indictment, the
defendants made contact with Zakrenko and became socially acquainted with him
2008 and 2009, the year he traveled to Russia. Business ties were also allegedly
maintained between some of the defendants and Zakrenko.
have stressed that Zakrenko is considered to have been murdered by authorities
in Russia, adding that a homicide investigation is still ongoing.
his disappearance, the defendants conspired... to receive his assets,” the
charge sheet read.
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After the businessman went missing, the defendants
“forged documents to give them wide ranging powers to act in Zakrenko’s name,”
the charge sheet added.
The defendants allegedly gained access to bank
accounts and corporate assets, and pocketed millions of shekels as a
Degdaleti and Miller both deny all charges, while the additional
defendant has remained silent.
“Their accounts are filled with versions
that contradict the evidence and common sense,” state prosecutors said.
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