Saturday, September 23, 2017

Yekaterinburg flight attendant fights extradition to U.S.

A flight attendant from Yekaterinburg being held in Canada is fighting fraud charges that could extradite her to the United States.

Yekaterinburg resident Marina Talashkova is wanted on charges relating to a multimillion-dollar internet fraud involving the sale of vehicles, CNEWS.Canoe.ca reports.

Talashkova is being remanded until March 19 when Canadian justice officials must receive the case from American authorities. At that time, Canadian authorities have 30 days to decide whether to proceed with the extradition.

Talashkova was arrested on Jan. 15 at Toronto's Pearson Airport after stepping off a Russian-based Transaero Airlines plane. She was detained at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition to Nevada to stand trial on multiple fraud-related offenses, according to CNEWS.Canoe.ca.

"We plan on vigorously defending the money laundering charges as we have seen no credible evidence showing that she's aware of or was involved in that activity," Tyler Hodgson, Talashkova's lawyer, said in a statement outside of court, CNEWS.Canoe.ca reports.

Talashkova was among six people charged last December by U.S. police for her alleged role in an internet scheme in which hundreds of buyers were defrauded out of up to $4.2 million for the sale of vehicles, motorcycles, boats and motor homes. Would-be buyers, using PayPal accounts, deposited payments into a number of bank accounts, but no vehicles were ever delivered.

Talashkova faces several charges, including conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.