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A real-estate holding company accused of using allegedly laundered money to buy Manhattan real estate said in court papers it played no role in the alleged fraud, and didn’t know it happened in the first place.
Prosecutors sued in September, saying 11 companies, including the holding firm, owned by Denis Katsyv bought residential and commercial property in Manhattan with a portion of the money laundered from the alleged $230 million tax-refund fraud exposed by deceased Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
The complaint filed by U.S. prosecutors laid out a spellbinding tale of Russian organized crime, stolen identities and sham lawsuits to get the $230 million, which they said was then laundered across the globe, including in Manhattan.
It was uncovered by Mr. Magnitsky, who was then arrested in 2008 by the people he accused of committing the alleged fraud. He died in Russian custody a year later and was posthumously convicted of tax evasion in July.
But lawyers for Mr. Katsyv and his companies countered, in a filing made on Christmas Eve, that the complaint doesn’t argue that their clients participated in the alleged fraud, or that they even knew about it.
CITY ISLAND, SEAPORT OF THE BRONX - NEW YORK
City Island, connected to Rodman’s Neck by the City Island Avenue causeway, is an important boatyard. The dull rubbed brass of sextants gleams in the shop windows, and white sloops stand like herons in the cradles of boatbuilders. Clam chowder and popcorn are sold.
—New York City: Vol 1, New York City Guide (WPA, 1939)
Perhaps nowhere else in New York do natives have as strong a sense of themselves as they do on City Island, the sleepy speck of land ringed with sailboats and tacked to the eastern edge of the Bronx. The words clam digger and mussel sucker do not pop up every day, but City Islanders say they are well-known.
—The New York Times (2007)
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Northeast Regional Guide Leah Frances was born in a small fishing village off the west coast of Canada and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. In pursuit of a graphic design career she moved to New York City in 2005 and now calls Crown Heights, Brooklyn, home. She spends her days in the production departments of magazines and her evenings studying at the International Center of Photography. Weekends you will find her in the back of a Greyhound bus, map in hand. Leah posts daily at americanroads.tumblr.com.
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R33 Bluebird World’s Fair Car 9306 Detail, with Map. Image by Black Paw Photo.
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Top records of 2013
Best records I discovered in 2013 but not released in 2013
A playlist of tracks from each album is available here.