FBI suspect, native Ukrainian, detained in Moscow

15:09, 25 January 2008
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He is charged with money-laundering, racketeering, weapons smuggling, etc..

Russian police have arrested a suspected international crime boss sought by the FBI, Russian news agencies said Friday, according to AP.

Semyon Mogilevich, a Ukrainian-born Russian citizen, has long been wanted by the FBI on suspicion of involvement in organized crime. The ITAR-Tass news agency said he also was wanted in Russia, Ukraine and Israel on a variety of charges.

Police detained him Wednesday in Moscow, ITAR-Tass and the Interfax agency reported, citing unidentified sources in law-enforcement.

Moscow police officials and a U.S. Embassy spokesman refused to comment on the report.

The FBI said on its Web site that Mogilevich and two other men were wanted for alleged participation in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors in the stock of YBM Magnex International, Inc. - a company incorporated in Canada, but headquartered in Newtown, Pa.

ITAR-Tass said Mogilevich also has Hungarian and Israeli citizenship and has been sought by police in Russia, Ukraine and Israel on charges of money-laundering, racketeering, weapons smuggling and illegal energy deals.

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