U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, August 5, 2010
Embassy and U.S. Justice Department officials successfully concluded arrangements with Estonian authorities, in particular the Estonian Criminal Police and Prosecutor's Office, for the extradition on August 5 of Sergei Tsurikov, to the United States.
Mr. Tsurikov has been charged with wire fraud, computer fraud, as well as aggravated identity theft and was involved in a criminal ring that caused 9.4 million dollars in damages all around the world, from the U.S. to Russia and Hong Kong to Canada. Just as this criminal activity was global in its scale, so too was the level of cooperation that lead to the arrest and extradition of Tsurikov.
In addition to Estonian authorities, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Secret Service worked together with law enforcement in Hong Kong and the Netherlands to bring Tsurikov to justice.
U.S. - Estonian Law Enforcement Cooperation