Victims seek $193 mln from NYC socialite Janna Bullock in embezzlement case
MOSCOW, May 2 (RAPSI) – Victims have filed claims with Moscow’s Basmanny District Court demanding in total about 11 billion rubles ($193 million) from U.S. citizen and real estate mogul Janna Bullock charged in Russia with embezzlement, the court told RAPSI on Tuesday.
The court began considering the case against the New York socialite on Tuesday. The next hearing is scheduled for May 18.
Russia’s investigators believe that Bullock along with her ex-husband, former Moscow Region Finance Minister Alexey Kuznetsov, and other accomplices embezzled over 11 billion rubles from several organizations in the Moscow Region between 2005 and 2008.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the U.S. authorities have dismissed a request for Bullock’s extradition to Russia. Therefore, she is being tried in absentia.
Earlier, five defendants in the case were found guilty of embezzlement and sentenced to long prison terms. Investigation into Kuznetsov, who faces extradition from France, and two other suspects, is underway.
Bullock has made a name for herself on New York’s real estate and social scenes. She was described in a 2010 New York Post article as a “gorgeous and [glamorous] real estate mogul [who] rose from Brighton Beach baby sitter to New York’s best-known Russian socialite without anyone knowing much about her private life or past.”
In 2012, The New York Times described her as a “glamorous Russian-born real estate developer and art scene fixture who retreated from life on the party circuit to spend nearly two years combatting accusations against her and her husband.”