Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich with Lieberman 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mykhailo Markiv/Presidential Press Service)
Dmitri Malkiel was extradited from Ukraine to Israel on Thursday under suspicion
of money-laundering and aggravated fraud against hundreds of Israeli victims,
particularly immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union.
Magistrate’s Court convicted Malkiel in 2007 of committing other crimes
involving fraud, and sentenced him to four months imprisonment as part of a plea
However, he fled the country before serving his
sentence, violating a court order barring him from leaving
Malkiel lived in Ukraine since his 2007 escape, continuing to
direct his wide-ranging fraudulent activities against Israeli victims from
He swindled over NIS 1 million out of his many victims, generally
preferring to conduct a large number of schemes in which each victim was
defrauded of relatively smaller amounts of money.
Many wings of the
Justice Ministry were involved in Malkiel’s extradition case, including the Tel
Aviv Police Fraud Squad, the Tel Aviv Prosecutor’s Office and the international
Initially, the international law department submitted
legal assistance requests to Ukraine as the two countries cooperated to gather
evidence regarding Malkiel.
At the end of 2011, the international law
department made two parallel extradition requests to Ukraine regarding
The first request was to return Malkiel in order to serve his
2007 sentence that he had avoided by escaping.
The second request was to
bring him to trial in Israel for the more recent fraud he had conducted against
Israeli victims, including while living in Ukraine.
extradition, Malkiel’s remand to police custody was extended on Thursday by the
Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court.
The arrest and extradition of Malkiel cut
off his fraudulent activities, which he continued until his arrest.