Russian Oligarch and Associates Indicted on US Sanctions Charges
Months after Mr. Deripaska filed the lawsuit, one of his employees in the United States in recent years, a naturalized American citizen named Olga Shriki, helped with the sale of a music studio owned by the oligarch for more than $3 million, then attempted to transfer the proceeds to an account in Russia linked to the oligarch, according to the indictment.
Ms. Shriki also purchased clothes and iPhones for Mr. Deripaska, which were transported to Russia by his girlfriend, as well as flower arrangements to be delivered to his “social contacts” in the United States and Canada, including “two Easter gift deliveries to a US television host” and two flower deliveries to a former member of Canada’s parliament, according to prosecutors.
At one point, she was asked to obtain American Eagle-brand T-shirts in extra-large size for Mr. Deripaska. “Could you find them and urgently send them?” another Deripaska associate messaged Ms. Shriki, the indictment said.
She helped make arrangements for Mr. Deripaska’s girlfriend around the time of the birth of their first child in California, including renting a two-story penthouse apartment in Beverly Hills and arranging “at least five nannies and a housekeeper,” according to prosecutors. Ms. Shriki helped obtain a US passport and birth certificate for the baby, the latter of which omitted the father’s name, spelling the child’s name “using a variation of Deripaska’s surname with a couple of the letters changed,” according to the indictment.
When Mr. Deripaska’s girlfriend reached out in April asking for assistance making similar arrangements for giving birth to another child in Los Angeles, Ms. Shriki responded that she was busy with other full-time work and instead instructed another Deripaska associate on how to make arrangements, according to the indictment.
In addition to the charge of conspiring to violate sanctions, Ms. Shriki was charged with obstruction of justice for deleting records sought by a grand jury.
Federal agents arrested Ms. Shriki around 6 am Thursday morning at her home in Jersey City, NJ, where she lives with her husband, her two small children and her mother, people with knowledge of the matter said. Dressed in pinstriped pants and a dark green shirt, she appeared in federal court in Lower Manhattan later in the day before a magistrate judge, James L. Cott, and was released on a $2 million bond, partly secured by her home.