03-14-2016, 06:03 PM #1
NY - Michael Klein, 69, Brooklyn, 23 Nov 2003 *D. Yakovlev guilty*
Former police department mechanic Michael Klein disappeared shortly after selling his ramshackle home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for $410,000 to an associate of Dmitriy Yakovlev...
Testifying under immunity granted by the government, Hamilton said he committed tax fraud with Yakovlev in connection with the purchase of Klein's home.
Klein's sister Margaret Gold, who also tried unsuccesfully to report Michael missing, thinks he was the victim of foul play. "I don't think my brother is on the planet anymore," she said outside court.
During a three-week jury trial, the government presented testimony of nearly 40 witnesses, including five forensic experts, to establish that Yakovlev exploited the identities of Michael Klein, Viktor Alekseyev, and Irina Malezhik to commit aggravated identity theft, credit card fraud, and bank fraud shortly after each victim disappeared...
The evidence at trial also established that Yakovlev had in his possession personal identification and property of each victim including: more than $350,000 in checks made payable to Klein at the real estate closing...
Judge Glasser found that in addition to murdering Alekseyev and Malezhik, Yakovlev also was responsible for murdering Klein.
Klein planned to move in with his girlfriend in Mastic, Long Island, and agreed to sell the house to Basalyga for $410,000, packing what he needed and telling Basalyga to throw the rest out... On November 23, 2003, Basalyga closed on the house...
Later that evening, Basalyga drove to the Manhattan Avenue home. He knocked on Kleinís door. The door was locked. When Klein didnít answer, he went upstairs and knocked on the door of Kleinís second apartment. Again, no answer. Confused, Basalyga drove home and phoned Yakovlev. What happened to Klein, Basalyga asked his friend.
Yakovlev told Basalyga that he saw Klein get into his car, a small white Toyota, and drive away. The next morning, Basalyga drove to the house and found Yakovlev standing in Kleinís apartment, a ring of keys in his hand. A plexiglass window had been knocked out...
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