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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

High Bail Set for Russian in UN Visa Scam

NEW YORK -- A U.S. court has set $300,000 bail for a United Nations translator charged with two others of using UN stationery in a visa fraud scheme.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Fox set the bail Monday for Vyacheslav Manokhin, 45, a Greenwich, Connecticut, resident who is a Russian citizen. He also set $250,000 bail for a co-defendant, Vladimir Derevianko, of Bloomfield, New Jersey, a translator who works for a Manhattan lawyer.

A third defendant was scheduled to appear in court later.

Manokhin, a UN employee based in Manhattan, was arrested Monday on charges of helping numerous non-U.S. citizens enter the country illegally by providing fraudulent documents for visas to attend conferences that did not exist or which they did not attend.

All three were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud with regard to immigration documents, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

At the bail hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Farbiarz said the conspiracy was part of a global network that provided fake documents to help people cross borders illegally in exchange for payments of as much as $15,000.

"They're good at it," he said of the defendants. "If they walk out of this court, they will run."

Manokhin's lawyer, Alex Oh, said he had lived in the United States for 19 years.

"He does not want to return to Russia," she said. "He will contest these allegations vigorously."