A Queens person was indicted on funds laundering rates, accused of acting as a fence for a violent theft crew who held up jewelers at gunpoint in New York and New Jersey, snatching $2 million in dear watches and diamonds, authorities reported.
Stanislav “Steve” Yakubov, a jeweler at the Jamaica Colosseum Mall, allegedly handed in excess of a bag stuffed with $84,000 for a stolen, $250,000 Richard Mille timepiece, mentioned prosecutors from the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan.
The look at, along with a $35,000 diamond chain, had been taken in October 2019, when two gentlemen attacked a Diamond District jeweler in Extended Island Town, kicking and punching him and then thieving the products, according to a court docket document.
The theft was one of a string of gunpoint assaults on Big Apple jewelers in 2019 and 2020, in which two males allegedly grabbed $2 million truly worth of merchandise, accosting jewelers in close proximity to their residences in Queens, Brooklyn, upstate Woodbury and New Jersey.
The thieves snatched a $500,000 Richard Mille look at, a $160,000 Patek Philippe, a Rolex worthy of $150,000, an Audemars Paget watch valued at $28,000 and other gems, like a $28,000 diamond bracelet, in accordance to court records.
Yakubov, who was arrested past thirty day period, allegedly bought stolen goods from the robbers 3 periods, the feds reported. Yakubov was indicted April 6 in Manhattan Federal Court.
He paid out $34,000 for the stolen Rolex, which was also taken in Oct 2019, and $60,000 for the Patek Philippe, prosecutors alleged.
Yakubov denied the allegations and claimed the intruders he allegedly dealt with had been previous shoppers, authorities explained. His lawyer mentioned the jeweler was himself assaulted through a “vicious” 2017 theft, and that he was out of the place all through alleged meetings with intruders.