Italy to extradite businessman accused of stealing land worth $8.6 million
In 2010, Sherman and his accomplices through forgery acquired federally owned land plots in the Odintsovo district of the Moscow region.
Russian businessman Ilya Sherman, who is accused of embezzling land in the Odintsovo district, Moscow region, will be extradited by Italy to Russia, the official spokesperson for the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office Alexander Kurennoy said. Sherman, who is considered guilty of causing damage totaling 570 million rubles ($8.6 m), will be extradited tomorrow.
“In agreement with the Italian side, the extradition of the Russian citizen is scheduled for tomorrow, February 8, 2019,” Interfax cites him as saying.
According to investigators, in 2010, Sherman and his accomplices through forgery acquired the federally owned land plots in the Odintsovo district of the Moscow region. A group of persons took possession of two plots with an area of 174,488 square meters and a total cost of over 568 million rubles ($8.6 m).
Sherman hid from law enforcement agencies in Italy. In April 2018, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation sent a request for the extradition of Sherman to bring him to criminal responsibility under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Swindling on an especially large scale).
On January 24, 2019, the Minister of Justice of Italy decided to extradite the accused to Russia. Sherman's bringing to the territory of Russia will be handled by the Federal Penitentiary Service and the Interpol’s Center of National Central Bureau of Russia.