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Ukrainians arrested in Phuket, face extradition for offences in US

Ukrainians arrested in Phuket, face extradition for offences in US

PHUKET: Two men who ran job placement agencies in the United States and are accused there of colluding in sheltering illegal migrants, money laundering and tax fraud have been arrested in Phuket.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 21 April 2022, 05:02PM


The arrests were announced jointly on Thursday (Apr 21) by Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) commissioner Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej, Crime Suppression Division (CSD) chief Pol Maj Montri Khetkhan and Eric McLoughlin, the US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) regional attache.

The two men are Oleksandr Yurchyk, 37, and Oleg Olynyk, 39, both Ukrainian nationals, reports the Bangkok Post.

The suspects were wanted on arrest warrants in the US  for colluding in providing shelter to illegal migrants, money laundering and tax evasion, Maj Gen Jirabhop said.

The HSI had sought cooperation from the CIB in tracking down and detaining the two men,  who fled to Thailand after committing the alleged offences between 2007 and 2021,

They ran job placement agencies in Florida and allegedly placed hundreds of illegal migrant workers in jobs at hotels, bars, restaurants and other places. They had allegedly illegally earned the equivalent of about B2.25 billion and allegedly evaded US taxes equal to B337 million, the CIB chief said.

The police investigation led to the arrest of the two suspects at a villa in Phuket province on Apr 19.

The two men were questioned with the help of an interpreter. They allegedly admitted they were the people named in the US arrest warrants and said they would fight the case in court.

US authorities will seek their extradition to stand trial in America.

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kajoda1954 | 16 May 2022 - 16:40:05

This cannot be real. Western MSM is saying all Ukrainians are angels. There must be some mistake

Capricornball | 21 April 2022 - 21:00:52

Now there's a good example of the long arm of the law. RTP officials must be upset that they won't be able to swing these scumbags by the ATM before dumping them at the airport.  But maybe I shouldn't speak too soon, as we have all seen some pretty high profile criminals "escape" custody of the RTP before justice gets served.  

 

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