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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Diamond Fraud Arrest




MOSCOW -- Russian prosecutors on Monday charged a former senior finance official over a fraudulent scheme that allegedly cost Russia more than $180 million in stolen gold and gems, a news report said.


The Prosecutor General's office charged Igor Moskovsky, former head of the government's finance department, with taking bribes, embezzlement, abuse of office and other crimes, Interfax news agency reported.


His alleged accomplice and the main suspect in the case, Andrei Kozlyonok, is accused of embezzling more than $183 million in gold, diamonds and silver from Russia through the Golden ADA company. Kozlyonok was arrested in Greece and extradited to Russia last summer despite protests that he feared for his life if returned to Russia.