Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Flight attendant from Yekaterinburg detained in Canada

A flight attendant from Yekaterinburg appeared in a court in Toronto on Tuesday to fight extradition to the United States on allegations relating to a multi-million dollar internet vehicle sales scam.

According to officials with the Russian consulate, Marina Talashkova's case was remanded until March 6. Talashkova was arrested on January 15 at Pearson airport after she stepped off of a flight for the Russian-based Transaero Airlines on which she was working, the Toronto Sun reports.

Talashkova was detained at the request of the United States, which is seeking extradition to Nevada to stand trial for multiple fraud-related offenses. She was one of six people charged in December by police in the U.S. for an alleged role in an internet scheme defrauding hundreds of buyers out of as much as $4.2 million from the sale of motor homes, boats, motorcycles and vehicles.

The vehicles were posted for sale on websites such as Edmunds.com, Craigslist and eBay Motors. Potential customers used PayPal accounts to deposit payments into multiple bank accounts, though no vehicles were ever delivered.

Igor Kiykov, a representative for the Russian consulate-general in Toronto, said that officials there are helping Talashkova find a lawyer and cope with other aspects of the situation.

"This is quite a shock for her," Kiykov said, according to the Toronto Sun. "She has been to the U.S. twice and swears she did not commit any fraud."

Kiykov said that Russia has yet to receive official notice from police in the U.S. on the charges despite a legal agreement between the two countries. Talashkova is facing charges that include conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud.