Trump Tower wiretap linked to Taivanchik’s case?
Sources say one of Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov’s offices had been wiretapped and this had nothing to do with Donald Trump’s election campaign.
The FBI placed wiretapping equipment in Trump Tower to investigate the case of businessman Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (Taivanchik), who had been accused of creating a gang engaged in illegal gambling and money laundering, reported ABC TV channel referring to informed sources.
Our readers may remember the scandal in the US when Donald Trump said the intelligence had been eavesdropping in his office during the election campaign. He claimed Barack Obama was behind that. However, according to the TV channel, the equipment had been installed out of unit 63A that Tokhtakhunov was renting, while Donald Trump’s apartment is located 3 floors below.
Taivanchik was charged in absentia, since the US authorities believe him to be in Russia. Nevertheless, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York convicted the defendants of illegal gambling business and money laundering in 2016, including mafia figures from Russia such as Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, Vadim Trincher and Anatoly Golubchik. They had been engaged in racketeering, illegal gambling and money laundering through shell companies. The charge was brought against more than 30 alleged gang members that also included Vadim Trincher’s sons Yevgeny and Ilya. All the 30 were convicted by the end of 2016. The majority of the defendants with the exception of only a few pleaded guilty as charged.
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov is considered an international criminal and was among the top ten people wanted by the FBI. He had owned Metropol casino, Yevropa casino and Azia casino in Moscow. He had lived abroad for quite a long time and recently moved to Moscow.
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