Russians Charged With Racketeering (And Selling 10000 Pounds Of Stolen Chocolate)

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"Vor" refers to the high-ranking criminals from the former Soviet Union that were respected in the criminal underworld.

Almost three-dozen organized crime members were busted by federal authorities in Manhattan Wednesday for an odd mishmash of crimes - trafficking 5 tons of stolen chocolate as well as hordes of illegal cigarettes.

According to U.S. Attorney's statement, many members of the Shulaya Enterprise regularly traveled to the former Soviet Union countries, communicated with associates there and also transferred criminal proceeds to associates in those countries.

An Edgewater resident was among alleged Russian mobsters charged for various crimes including extortion, fraud and stealing 10,000 pounds of chocolate, authorities said Wednesday.

The theft of 10,000 pounds of chocolate confections is one of numerous charges in the arrests of members of a Russian crime syndicate, according to the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office. The indictments include charges against the alleged head of the national criminal enterprise, marking one of the first federal racketeering charges ever brought against a Russian "vor", said Kim.

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The federal government is alleging that the Shulaya Enterprise was active not just in NY, but also in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada.

While the Shulaya Enterprise operates throughout the USA, many of its members were born in the former Soviet Union and have strong ties to the country of Georgia, the Ukraine and the Russian Federation, according to the release.

Suspects could also be charged for their attempts to operate an illegal poker business in Brighton Beach, defraud casinos with a hacking device that predicted the behavior of slot machines, and stealing shipments from cargo ships.

In court papers, Dzhanashvili was accused of directing a plot to convince an unnamed female member of the enterprise "to drug or otherwise render unconscious" someone he was hoping to rob in Atlantic City earlier this year. If convicted, they could face decades in federal prison.

Numerous crimes the suspects are being charged with are expected to be tried for maximum sentences, according to court documents.