The Feds Catch Up with $4 Million Family Extortion Scheme

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Keeping It In the Family

Five members of a family receive indictments alleging complicity in a $4 million extortion and money laundering scheme. In addition, a sixth family member receives an indictment for tampering with a witness. The defendants are Archie Kaslov, his wife, Candy Evans, and their sons: Tony John Evans; Robert Evans, and Corry Blue Evans. All of the family members are from New York, N.Y. Amidst the indictment, individual family members enter not guilty pleas.

The family’s criminal activities occur from November 2016 through April 2017. During this time, the family engages in a wide-ranging extortion scheme. The illicit activities enable the family to enrich themselves through the extortion related activities of others. Through the scheme, the family receives more than $4 million in cash, gold bars, and gold coins. Additionally, from approximately January 2017 through June 2017, the same family members engage in a scheme to launder the ill-gotten gains. Not only that, the federal indictment alleges the family utilizes the fraudulent proceeds to purchase, among other things, luxury merchandise, jewelry, designer watches, and two Rolls Royce Phantom automobiles.

Finally, two of the family members, Candy Evans and Russell engage in obstruction of justice. The obstruction activities include arranging a fraudulent marriage in an effort to obstruct potential witness testimony. Other activities include the creation of a false letter of exoneration, and coaching would-be witnesses on false information to provide to law enforcement.

Extortion, Money Laundering and Obstruction of Justice

With the exception of Candy Evans, all of the defendants receive the following charges: one count of bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit extortion, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Candy Evans, on the other hand, receives charges for three counts of tampering with a witness. Kaslov is also charged with three counts of money laundering. Tony and Robert Evans receive charges for one count of interference with interstate commerce by extortion and money laundering. Corry Blue Evans also receives a charge for one count of bank fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. Finally, Russell also receives charges for one count of interference with interstate commerce by extortion, one count of bank fraud, one count of wire fraud, and three counts of tampering with a witness.