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A Russian couple who lived a lavish life behind the gates of a sprawling NC mansion hid an explosive secret: They were living off a scheme that produced $150M in kickbacks from subcontractors seeking business with Russia's military. ht @mikercarpenter
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Federal prosecutors also said the husband, Leonid Teyf, was plotting to kill a man — the son of a former housekeeper — whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife.
Some of the money was paid to others involved in the scheme, and some of the money was placed in accounts under Leonid Teyf's control," federal authorities wrote in a news release late Wednesday.
Teyf, who also was president of commercial fishing fleet in Russia, moved money from "illegal kickback of funds belonging to the govt of Russia" using foreign banks known for money laundering.

Since at least 2010 Teyf & 41yo wife, Tatyana, wired approx $39M into U.S. bank accts
Teyf and others also set up U.S. businesses to help launder the money, authorities say, including a trucking company in Illinois.
Teyf and his wife had luxury cars, expensive artwork and a 17,000-square foot house tended by housekeepers along a Raleigh golf course, court documents show. Wake County property records list its value as nearly $5 million. Deeds indicate the couple has owned it since 2012.
The house was raided by federal agents on Dec. 5, drawing attention from local media outlets.

Federal prosecutors now are trying to seize assets including the mansion, four Mercedes-Benz sedans and ARTWORK worth $2.6 million.
Teyf, his wife and Alexey Timofeev each face multiple counts of money laundering. Timofeev had helped run the IL company used in laundering money and was involved in transferring money between accounts.

TWO others face felony immigration fraud charges.
While investigating the money laundering charges, investigators discovered something more sinister this year. The FBI learned that Leonid Teyf believed his wife was having an affair and asked a confidential law enforcement source to help him plot the man's death, prosecutors said
Teyf sought to bribe a Homeland Security employee this year to deport the man to Russia, where he would likely be killed, according to court documents, but he grew impatient.
When the deportation plan was taking a longer period of time than he expected, Leonid Teyf returned to his murder-for-hire plan and paid the Confidential Source $25,000 to kill the man before the end of 2018," authorities said in the news release.
Authorities say Teyf supplied a firearm with serial numbers scratched off for the killing, which was never carried out.

Leonid Teyf faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of bribery, firearm and murder-for-hire charges. The others face maximum sentences of 10 years.
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At one unnamed American bank, Teyf and his co-conspirators received at least 294 wire transfers totaling $39.5M, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Foreign corps/banks in countries known for money laundering were cited as source of 293 of the wires.
Additional charges include conspiring to bring a foreign national in the U.S. illegally, an allegation that also includes 41-year-old Olesya Yuryevna Timofeeva, wife of Timofeev.

Teyf, along w associate Alexei Polyakov, is also accused of making false claims to obtain a US visa
The charges come more than a wk after reports that the FBI was raiding the Teyfs’ north Raleigh mansion in North Ridge Country Club on Dec5. The couple bought the 16,856sqft estate in 2012 for $4.2M at the same time that the alleged money laundering scheme was taking place.
The Teyf’s expanded their reach into Raleigh real estate, buying a 2-story historic building on East Hargett St for nearly $1M in May, w plans to potentially convert it into a restaurant. They also are partners w Blue Sky Services in the Wyndcrest Subdivision in north Raleigh.
DOJ Press Release
Five Russian Foreign Nationals Indicted on Murder-For-Hire, Money Laundering, and Immigration Charges in NC.

justice.gov/usao-ednc/pr/f…
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