Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program: Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov
BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AFFAIRS
ALIASES: “Taiwanchik;” “Alik;” “Tokhtakhunov;” “Taiwanez”
Date(s) of Birth Used: February 4, 1950, January 1, 1949, December 31, 1949
POB: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
HEIGHT: 1.73 m
WEIGHT: 86 kg
HAIR COLOR: Black (graying)
EYE COLOR: Brown
Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov was indicted in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, in April of 2013 for his alleged involvement in the Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization, a criminal organization whose members and associates allegedly ran an illegal international gambling operation catering to Russian elites living in Russia, Ukraine, and elsewhere. The Organization is alleged to have laundered tens of millions of dollars in proceeds from the gambling operation from Russia and Ukraine, through shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus, into the United States. Tokhtakhounov is alleged to have been one of the leaders of the Organization and a member of a select group of high-level criminals from the former Soviet Union known as "Thieves-in-law." Thieves were known to receive tribute from other criminals, offer protection, and use their positions of authority to resolve disputes among criminals. Tokhtakhounov allegedly used his status to resolve disputes with clients of the illegal gambling operation with threats of violence and economic harm. Tokhtakhounov was also indicted in July of 2002 in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, for his alleged involvement in the bribing of officials in a scheme to fix two Olympic ice skating competitions at the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The U.S. Department of State is offering a REWARD OF UP TO $4 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov. Click here to view U.S. Department of Justice case information.
Anyone with information on these individuals should contact the New York FBI Field Office or the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You may also submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. All information will be kept strictly confidential.