USA v Firsov – San Diego, California – Lead Counsel
Mr. Firsov was accused of administering a website called Deer.Io, which hosted many storefronts selling various digital products, some of which involved American hacked gamer and social media accounts. Deer.Io was taken down by the FBI in March of 2020, the same month Mr. Firsov was arrested upon his arrival in New York for vacation. In May of 2021 Mr. Firsov was sentenced to 30 months, after which time he will return home to Russia.
USA v Bokov – New York, New York – Lead Counsel
An Estonian national Jevgeni Bokov was arrested and extradited from Estonia on the charges of manufacturing and importing Fentanyl into the United States. Mr. Bokov was facing a recommended sentence of 40 years, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, however, after receiving and reviewing all the evidence against Mr. Bokov, Defense was able to negotiate a plea to money laundering charges. Mr. Bokov was later sentenced to 33 months.
USA v Zhukov – Brooklyn, New York – Lead Counsel
The first of a kind case in the United States involving a digital ad fraud scheme dubbed “Methbot” that allegedly leveraged advertising and malware to compromise computer networks in order to defraud companies out of millions of dollars. The existence of the Methbot scheme was initially exposed by Google and WhiteOps in November of 2018.
USA v Shulaya Enterprise – New York, New York – Co–Counsel
A major federal Russian organized crime case and is one of the largest prosecuted cases in recent US history. There were 33 defendants and many allegations, including murder for hire, drug trafficking, an illegal poker house, defrauding casinos, stealing cases of cigarettes, and stealing 10,000 pounds of chocolate.
USA v Smilianets – Newark, New Jersey – Lead Counsel
The largest cybercrime case that has ever been prosecuted by the United States government. This hack involved more than 160 million credit cards and debit cards as well as numerous major American financial institutions, including Nasdaq OMX Group Inc, 7-Eleven, France’s Carrefour SA, JC Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp, a Visa Inc licensee, and Heartland Payment Systems.
USA v Jaber – New York, New York – Co-Counsel
A major international terrorism case, the charges included aiding terrorism, FARC and Hezbollah, cocaine trafficking, and the attempted sale of Russian Air to Ground missiles.
USA v Seleznev – Seattle, Washington – Lead Counsel
A federal cybercrime case and is one of the biggest to ever be prosecuted in the United States. The case involved extrajudicial rendition of Mr. Seleznev by US Secret Service agents from the Maldives to Guam. Mr. Seleznev is the son of a Russian Parliament member and the manner of his arrest led to further deterioration in Russian – American relations. Mr. Seleznev’s case made headlines around the world and he is considered by many to be a political prisoner.
USA v Seleznev – Atlanta, Georgia – Lead Counsel
A separate federal case against Mr. Seleznev that involved a breach of RBS Worldpay, a payment processing company located in Atlanta, Georgia.
USA v Kaziyev – New York, New York – Co-Counsel
A federal bank robbery case involving three robberies in the Manhattan area totaling $30,000. The maximum penalty for these crimes, that also included firearm charges, is life in prison. However, the client’s defense team was able to get a reduced sentence, which only required him to spend weekends in jail while he was on supervised release for the rest of the time.
USA v Levashov – Hartford, Connecticut – Lead Counsel
It was alleged that Mr. Levashov used a nickname “Severa” who was listed as #7 in the World’s Top 10 Worst Spammer and operated the Kelihos botnet to distribute thousands of spam e-mails, harvest login credentials, and install malicious software on computers around the world. Mr. Levashov pleaded guilty to operating Kelihos botnet on September 12th, 2018.
USA v Drinkman – Newark, New Jersey – Lead Counsel Post-Sentencing Proceedings
The largest cybercrime case ever prosecuted in the United States. The hack allegedly involved 160 million credit and debit cards and totaled more than $300 million dollars. It involved major American financial institutions, including Nasdaq OMX Group Inc, 7-Eleven, France’s Carrefour SA, JC Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp, a Visa Inc licensee, and Heartland Payment Systems.
The People of the State of New York v Weingarten – New York, New York – Co-Counsel
A major fraud case prosecuted by the Office of Attorney General, the case involved allegations of using phony not-for-profit organizations claiming to benefit Israel to collect $2 million which were then used for personal needs.
USA v Tsastsin – New York, New York – Lead Counsel Post-Sentencing Proceedings
Allegations involved distribution of malware known as DNS Changer that caused victims’ computers to rely on rogue domain name system servers which were used to divert users of infected computers who clicked on search results links to sites for which traffic-based fees were received, as well as replacing advertisements on websites operated by News Corp’s The Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com Inc and others with ones that triggered fraudulent payments.
USA v Shalon – New York, New York – Co-Counsel
One of the largest cybercrime cases that has ever been prosecuted in the United States. It involved hacking the identities of more than 100 million people from several financial institutions, including JP Morgan. The data obtained from this hack included names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. At the time, this landmark case was considered to be the largest theft of customer data from a United States financial institution.
USA v Kessler – New York, New York – Co-Counsel
A notable federal case involving a former federal correctional officer collecting unemployment while working full-time.
The People of the State of NY v Antoine – Brooklyn, New York – Lead Counsel for Pre-Trial and Co-Counsel for Trial
Attempted murder case, client was convicted at trial and sentenced to 20 years. Case is currently on appeal.
The People of the State of New York v Sorodsky – Brooklyn, New York – Lead Counsel for Post-Trial Proceedings
Case prosecuted by the Office of Attorney General involving a holistic doctor who was accused of raping his patients during procedures while they were unconscious. This case is notable for the largest bail ever given by a Judge in New York, $33 million.
The People of the State of New York v Krajewski – Brooklyn, New York – Co-Counsel
Case involving impersonation of a police officer in order to commit a large robbery.
The People of the State of New York v Loiseau – Brooklyn, New York – Lead Counsel for Post-Trial Proceedings
Sex offense case involving allegations of sexual assault of a child. Client was convicted at trial, however, the verdict was overturned on appeal.
The People of the State of New York v Reyn – Staten Island, New York – Co-Counsel
Animal cruelty case involving allegations of killing a bird with a bb gun. Case was resolved with a non-criminal disposition.
The People of the State of New York v Ulanov – Brooklyn, New York – Co-Counsel
A fraud case involving allegations that a bookkeeper stole over $750,000 from a family-owned property management company.
The People of the State of New York v Matsuk – Staten Island, New York – Co-Counsel
Medicare fraud case prosecuted by the Office of Attorney General involving allegations of conspiracy to bill the Medicare program for services never provided.