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    NY - Irina Malezhik, 47, Brooklyn, 15 Oct 2007 *D. Yakovlev guilty*



    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/04/ny...sian.html?_r=0

    A Russian immigrant was convicted on Thursday of hatching a gruesome identity-theft scheme that resulted in the mysterious disappearance of a translator from Brooklyn and the death of a man whose body parts turned up in a New Jersey nature preserve.

    A jury deliberated for seven hours over two days before finding the immigrant, Dmitriy Yakovlev, guilty of conspiracy, bank fraud, using stolen credit cards and other charges. There was no specific murder charge, but prosecutors alleged that he killed both victims in a plot to pillage their bank accounts and credit lines.

    Only hours after the translator, Irina Malezhik, vanished in 2007, Mr. Yakovlev’s wife, Julia, was on the phone with credit card companies pretending to be her “in an all-out effort to take Irina’s money,” the prosecutor, Amanda Hector, said in closing arguments.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crim...ticle-1.170477

    Yakovlev, 42, and his wife Julia, 36, were charged last year with forging translator Irina Malezhik's signature on checks and obtaining a credit card in her name after she vanished.

    She was last seen leaving her apartment in Manhattan Beach on Oct. 15, 2007.

    Dmitry Yakovlev told the feds he knew Malezhik because she was the translator on a court case he was involved in, and that she tutored him in English. He claimed he loaned her $20,000 for "furniture" and used her credit cards as a form of repayment.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crim...ticle-1.957324

    "The defendant, for lack of a better way of putting it, is a serial killer," Brooklyn Assistant U.S. Attorney James Gatta said of Dmitriy Yakovlev...

    Malezhik remains missing, but her underwear was recovered in the basement of Yakovlev's home in Sea Gate.
    Charley Project: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...hik_irina.html

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    A Russian immigrant was convicted on Thursday of hatching a gruesome identity-theft scheme that resulted in the mysterious disappearance of a translator from Brooklyn and the death of a man whose body parts turned up in a New Jersey nature preserve.
    A jury deliberated for seven hours over two days before finding the immigrant, Dmitriy Yakovlev, guilty of conspiracy, bank fraud, using stolen credit cards and other charges. There was no specific murder charge, but prosecutors alleged that he killed both victims in a plot to pillage their bank accounts and credit lines.
    Only hours after the translator, Irina Malezhik, vanished in 2007, Mr. Yakovlev’s wife, Julia, was on the phone with credit card companies pretending to be her “in an all-out effort to take Irina’s money,” the prosecutor, Amanda Hector, said in closing arguments.
    Mr. Yakovlev, when questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after his arrest in 2009, lied by suggesting that Ms. Malezhik, a Ukrainian immigrant, must have left the country without telling anyone, Ms. Hector said. “He knew what happened to her — he killed her,” she said.
    Ms. Malezhik was never found, and a defense lawyer, Michael Gold, sought to convince jurors that the government had no solid evidence to back claims that Mr. Yakovlev was a “cold-blooded, scary killer.” Mr. Gold claimed that the victim had been struggling with a drinking problem and other personal problems at the time she disappeared.

    Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Yakovlev also killed and dismembered Viktor Alekseyev, a neighbor in Sea Gate, Brooklyn. They say he also stole the identity of a third acquaintance, a retired New York Police Department employee who disappeared in 2003.

    Mr. Yakovlev, 43, admitted to making A.T.M. withdrawals and purchases with the victims’ credit cards. But he claimed he had permission as repayment for loans.
    Mr. Alekseyev’s body parts turned up in plastic garbage bags in South Mountain Reservation, in Essex County, N.J., in 2005. At trial, the jury heard testimony that Mr. Yakovlev had medical training, and that the body had been carved up with a surgeon’s precision.
    Julia Yakovlev avoided trial by pleading guilty last month to identity theft and credit card fraud. She faces at least two years in prison at sentencing in May.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/04/ny...04russian.html

    I am wondering if this woman is a dismembered body that has been found but has not been identified. Also I believe at this point I think the wife Julia Yakovlev is out of prison.


    this is connected also to the disappearance of Michael Klein
    http://gothamist.com/2011/02/24/nypd...erson_repo.php



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    Really great article that gives you a bit more insight on the case.. well worth the read.. I really believe Irinas killer killed much more people than the ones that were discovered or that they think he ha killed.

    https://medium.com/@Vit_Jonathan/the...b6e#.ssf9g1n7z

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    http://nypost.com/2010/03/09/seagate...ed-for-murder/

    Police said that Malezhik was last seen leaving her apartment building in Brighton Beach.
    The Yakovlevs were implicated in her disappearance a few months later after they cashed over $6,500 in checks from the missing woman’s account, officials alleged.
    The couple was arrested last spring, charged with stealing the woman’s identity.
    Believing that Malezhik was the victim of foul play, FBI investigators converged on the gated community last August, searching the couple’s Manhattan Avenue home for her remains.
    Investigators reportedly tore up the back yard and basement, but turned up nothing, although it became clearer and clearer that people tend to disappear or die around the couple, especially after they gave them large sums of money.
    While Dimitry Yakovlev has been implicated in Malezhi’s murder, the woman’s body has never been found, officials said.
    In interviews, Yakovlev shrugged off the identity theft charges, claiming that his using of Malezhi’s and Malezhik’s credit cards were repayments of loans he had given them before they disappeared.
    Yakovlev met Malezhik when she acted as a translator on a court case he was implicated in. He also claimed she had tutored him in English, according to published reports.


    http://bklyner.com/three-years-behin...heepshead-bay/

    “You personally represented yourself as Irina Malezhik [while making purchases using her credit card]…to stand here and tell me you had no idea what you were doing, is startling,” Glasser chided Yakovlev, who avers she had no idea Malezhik was missing or harmed.
    The case took a desperate turn when Yakovlev’s lawyer told the court that the Seagate resident was fearful of her husband Dmitriy, who she alleged was abusive, but Glasser wasn’t buying any of it: “You knew how to divorce a husband — you did it twice before,” the judge scolded the thrice-married identity thief.
    While her husband is, indeed scary — he was convicted of not only stealing the identity of Malezhik, but of Alekseyev,*whose dismembered remains were discovered inside of three garbage bags in a New Jersey woods, alongside a disquieting Dracula mask — the alleged abuse was not enough to force Julia Yakovlev out of the couple’s $700,000 Sea Gate, Coney Island home.
    Nearly four years after Malezhik first disappeared, the feds have yet to find any trace of her, although a 2009 excavation of the couple’s basement produced panties on the floor of the boiler room with Malezhik’s DNA on them, as well as “a thick envelope containing photos of Alekseyev and an unidentified woman ‘involved in intimate situations,’,” according to FBI agent*Tracie Razzagone, in a quote to The Daily News.
    Klein, a resident of Greenpoint, who reportedly “lived like a hoarder” in a squalid home, is still missing.
    Last edited by madamx; 02-22-2017 at 10:30 PM.

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    http://bklyner.com/three-years-behin...heepshead-bay/


    Dmitry and Julia Yakolev -- the Brooklyn, NY couple charged with allegedly stealing the identity of*Russian translator Irina Malezhik following her*disappearance nearly two years ago -- may have had ties to*"a missing NYPD mechanic and a New Jersey man" as reported by Brad Hamilton for the New York Post:

    FBI agents are looking into what happened to Michael Klein, a civilian employee who fixed cars for the Police Department and vanished after he sold defendant Dmitriy Yakovlev his home in Sea Gate, Brooklyn, three years ago. They're also searching for a Russian man who lived in Newark and may have had ties to Yakovlev, according to a source with the US Attorney's Office who declined to reveal the missing man's name.

    The house belongs to Dmitriy and Julia Yakovlev, who are accused of stealing the missing woman's identity and using the proceeds to help fund a shopping spree. They allegedly forged Malezhik's name on checks worth $6,475 and deposited them into their accounts on the day she disappeared, according to a Brooklyn federal court complaint. Over the next week, they allegedly used her credit card to make $37,000 in cash withdrawals and purchases, including jewelry and his-and-hers Franck Muller watches. The Yakovlevs are now the prime suspects in the murder of the translator, who handled sensitive federal cases in Brooklyn and Manhattan, including ones involving the Russian mob, authorities said. * * * Just days before her Oct. 15, 2007, disappearance from her Brighton Beach home, Malezhik told friends she was expecting a call from a man she knew only as Dmitriy and was afraid.

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    http://www.therestlesssleep.com/?p=836


    There’s also been movement in another more recent cold case. Dmitry Yakovlev has been charged with the 2007 murder of Irina Malezhik. There’s a Daily news about this case here. This is an evolving story and Yakovlev may be charged with more murders. UPDATE: Yakovlev was also indicted for the murder of Viktor Alekseyev.
    Like many other cases, a lot of people were involved in the investigation, and I believe this was retired Detective Steve Kaplan’s case originally, but it’s Det. Wendell Stradford’s now. Stradford is working with Special Agents from the FBI, and members of the NYPD’s OCID (Organized Crime Investigation Division). So congratulations to Det. Stradford, and members of the FBI and OCID. I’d name your names if I knew them.



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