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Russian Mobsters Accused Of Hacking Casino Slot Machines, Stealing Chocolate

09 June, 2017, 09:33 | Author: Rickey Alvarado
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The court documents, according to a news release, allege members of the group ran illicit poker businesses, used a woman to seduce and drug men with chloroform so they could be robbed, plotted to pay bribes to law enforcement, extorted gamblers and electronically hacked casino slot machines at Atlantic City and Philadelphia casinos.

The FBI's Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force in NY arrested 25 of the men, the feds said, while seven remained at large.

Theft of cargo shipments, including approximately 10,000 pounds of chocolate confections. Seven other suspects were still on the loose.

Authorities say the group operated under the direction and protection of two men, named Razhden Shulaya and Zurab Dzhanashvili.

Vor refers to "an order of elite criminals from the former Soviet Union who receive tribute from other criminals, offer protection, and use their recognized status as vor to adjudicate disputes among lower-level criminals", according the Justice Department.

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Most of the 33 defendants were led by Razhden Shulaya and Zurab Dzhanashvili and were born in the former Soviet Union with strong ties to Ukraine, Georgia, and Russian Federation, prosecutors said. According to the Department, while many of these crews were based in New York City, the Shulaya Enterprise had operations in various locations throughout the United States, including in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Nevada and overseas.

The group planned several crimes including trafficking stolen cigarettes and chocolate as well as illegal gambling, federal authorities say.

"What surprises me actually is they were still involved in the traditional types of crime", he said to the New York Times in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon H. Kim said, "Today, we have charged 33 members and associates of a Russian organized crime syndicate allegedly engaging a panoply of crimes around the country".

When people hear about Russian organized crime, they picture a stereotypical Russian thug, said Galeotti, the Russian crime expert.

The suspects arrested Wednesday are expected to appear in federal court later in the day.

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