MOSCOW, June 23 (RAPSI) – California state Federal Court has officialy closed the case against Russian flight attendant Marina Talashkova who was accused and arrested in Canada on suspicion of fraud and spent 2,5 years in pre-trial detention, according to the court documents RAPSI obtained on Monday.
In March, Talashkova has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Talashkova admitted to having conspired to open various bank accounts and withdraw upwards of $10,000 in dirty money between at least July 2007 and November 2010. According to the plea agreement, the money derived from a bank and wire fraud scheme revolving around fraudulent automobile sales agreements.
Tashashkova, was arrested in Canada in January 2012 based on a request by US authorities. She was 24 at the time. Since then, Talashkova was kept in detention despite the efforts of her defense team to arrange a bail.
According to Russian Foreign Ministry human rights envoy, Konstantin Dolgov, the defense presented the Canadian court with proof of human rights violations on the case, that were completely ignored.
The plea stipulated a sentence of 2,5 years in prison, but the court took into an account Talashkova spent in pre-trial in Canada, and commuted the sentence to time served. The Russian flight attendant will have to pay a compensation of $263,000