Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Russian flight attendant bail trial to be heard in September

Natalia Talashkova, the mother of Yekaterinburg native Marina Talashkova, said this week that she hopes that her daughter will be released on bail soon after spending more than seven months in jail.

Marina was detained at Canada's Pearson Airport on January 15 at the request of U.S. and has been in custody since, the Toronto Sun Reports.

Marina, a flight attendant, faces fraud-related charges in Nevada. She is accused of being part of a sophisticated multimillion-dollar internet fraud in which she allegedly promised buyers luxury cars, vintage vehicles, RVs and jet skis, and then took their cash and delivered nothing.

It is alleged that the scammers took $4 million from 110 bank accounts under false names from 2007 to 2010.

In July 2009, it is believed that while in Vegas Marina withdrew more than $100,000 from her account over a one week period.

"I want her to be freed on bail," Talashkova, who flew to Toronto for the hearing, said, Toronto Sun reports. "I miss my daughter."

The bail hearing began Wednesday after initial wrangling over whether Marina should be extradited to Nevada.

Lawyer Tyler Hodgson will fight the extradition on the grounds that Marina's detention at Pearson violated Charter rights. If successful, her extradition to the U.S. could be stayed, the Toronto Sun reports.

"It's not a frivolous application that's being brought under the Charter," Justice Ian MacDonnell said, Toronto Sun reports.

Marina will be staying at a Toronto church if on bail thanks to Reverend Vladimir Malchenko, who agreed to pledge Marin'a $5,000 bail after being approached by her mother and the Russian consulate.

"We're opposed to her bail even with the confirmation the bracelet is available," Crown attorney Richard Kramer said, the Toronto Sun reports.

The decision over Marina's release on bail will be decided by MacDonnell on September 12.