Crime

Russian Student Arrested In Money Laundering Operation

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A Russian student has been arrested for moving more than a hundred million dollars into overseas tax havens.

Anastasia Tsirenschikova, a 22-year-old student at an economics university in Moscow, was allegedly part of a group of five people who laundered more than $145 million overseas illegally, the Daily Mail reports.

She has been labeled the "She-Wolf of Wall Street” for her actions and extravagant lifestyle that was shared via her social media channels.

On social media, Tsirenschikova posted pictures of herself sipping expensive champagne, sunbathing in tropical destinations, wearing designer clothes, dining at expensive restaurants and posing inside of luxury cars.

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Tsirenschikova, along with former Credit-Moscow bank employee Mikhail Gomma, a 25-year-old Panamanian man named Ortis A, and two other businessmen, ages 29 and 47, allegedly helped thousands of businessmen illegally move money overseas. The group charged a 2.5 percent commission for the work, which would have resulted in a profit of more than $3.6 million.

To keep the Russian financial authorities from discovering their practices, the group moved the money through a number of accounts before it ended up offshore.

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Tsirenschikova initially told police that she met Gomma through a female friend, but did not do business with him. She eventually partially admitted to being involved in the operation.

Police believe Tsirenschikova was second-in-command, The Sun reports.

The majority of the money the group laundered ended up in Panama.

Tsirenschikova is in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Sun / Photo credit: CEN via Daily Mail

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