Brooklyn Man Found Guilty of Murder and Fraud in Connection with Two Missing Persons and a Cold Case Homicide
Following two weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn today returned a verdict convicting Dmitriy Yakovlev on all counts of a 15-count indictment charging him with stealing the identities of three Brooklyn residents – Michael Klein, Viktor Alekseyev, and Irina Malezhik – and murdering Viktor Alekseyev and Irina Malezhik in connection with the theft of their identities.
The conviction was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, and Raymond W. Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.
At trial, the government established that the defendant exploited the identities of three victims to commit credit card fraud and bank fraud immediately following their disappearances in November 2003, December 2005, and October 2007, respectively. Using a variety of evidence, including the testimony of five forensic experts, the government proved that the defendant murdered Alekseyev and Malezhik. Alekseyev’s remains were found in New Jersey in January 2006. Malezhik’s remains have never been found.
“Today’s verdict is the result of years of hard work and dedicated investigation by a team of law enforcement officers committed to bringing the defendant to justice for his crimes. I am proud of the cooperation of the FBI, NYPD, and United States Department of Labor, and their partners in law enforcement, in bringing this investigation to a successful and satisfying conclusion.” Ms. Lynch thanked the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in Essex County, New Jersey, for their assistance.
When sentenced by United States District Judge I. Leo Glasser, Yakovlev faces a maximum of 30 years’ imprisonment for each of the four counts of bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy, and 20 years’ imprisonment for each of the two counts charging him with committing crimes of violence in connection with identity theft, among other counts of conviction.
The government’s case was tried by Assistant United States Attorneys James Gatta and Amanda Hector.
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