A five-count indictment was submitted yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn charging Roman Nikoghosyan, a member of a violent, Brooklyn-primarily based Eurasian organized criminal offense syndicate that operated mainly in the Manhattan Beach and Brighton Seashore neighborhoods, with two counts of Hobbs Act extortion conspiracy, a single rely of Hobbs Act extortion, interstate transportation of stolen assets and staying a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Nikoghosyan was arrested in Los Angeles, California on July 20, 2021 and ordered detained pending demo. He will be arraigned in the Eastern District of New York at a later day.
Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, Acting United States Attorney for the Jap District of New York, Jacqueline Maguire, Performing Assistant Director-in-Cost, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Workplace (FBI), and Dermot F. Shea, Commissioner, New York Town Police Office (NYPD), introduced the indictment.
“As alleged, the defendant is an extortionist who works by using threats of violence and intimidation to coerce his victims into making extortionate payments to him for refusing to take part in his daily life of criminal offense, which also features illegally possessing a Hello-issue 995 rifle despite his possessing a prior felony conviction,” stated Performing United States Lawyer Kasulis. “Together with our regulation enforcement partners, this Office is doing work tirelessly to dismantle violent prison corporations like KavKaz that threaten the protection of communities in the Japanese District.” Ms. Kasulis thanked the FBI and NYPD for their contributions to day in the investigation.
“Crime syndicates thrive on making a deep fear in the communities wherever they work, and users of these syndicates instill this anxiety through a assortment of criminal practices to consist of violence, extortion, and narcotics trafficking,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Maguire. “Forcing anyone versus their will to transportation medications through threats of violence, as alleged finished by the defendant, is criminal conduct. Our FBI Eurasian Arranged Crime Task Drive, jointly with our NYPD associates, have made terrific strides in ridding area neighborhoods of these violent offenders, and we won’t halt our pursuit of them till they are stopped.”
“The NYPD remains vigilant in its do the job to stop the violence so frequently involved with gangs and crews that tear at the fabric of existence in New York. I commend our NYPD investigators, federal companions and prosecutors in the United States Attorney’s Workplace in the Jap District of New York for their relentless perform in this case,” said NYPD Commissioner Shea.
As set forth in court filings, KavKaz is a felony business that operates in the Jap District of New York and in other places, with Brooklyn as its greatest base of procedure. Customers of KavKaz refer to their membership as the “KWAY” or “K WAY,” and usually wear jewelry or content of outfits emblazoned with the term “KavKaz.” Brooklyn-dependent customers of KavKaz attract on ties to the Caucus area of Eurasia, specifically Armenia, Uzbekistan, areas of Southern Russia and Azerbaijan, in furtherance of accomplishing their felony objectives, like extortion and narcotics trafficking.
In early 2021, Nikoghosyan was running a narcotics distribution scheme in which he utilized the sufferer of a single of his extortionate techniques to transport offers that contains marijuana. When the victim found out the illicit articles of the offers and refused to go on distributing the narcotics, Nikoghosyan, with the assistance of coconspirators, demanded $10,000 in extortionate payments from the victim, threatening to stab him or break his legs if he did not comply.
In addition, Nikoghosyan and co-conspirators plotted to transport luxury motor vehicles acquired by fraud from California to New York. Eventually, Nikoghosyan, possessing been earlier convicted of a felony, was charged with possessing a firearm, a Hello-stage 995 rifle located through the execution of a research warrant on July 20, 2021 at a stash home in Brooklyn that was allegedly employed by Nikoghosyan. Through that look for, regulation enforcement also recovered ammunition and a amount of cannabis.
The costs in the indictment are allegations and the defendant is presumed harmless except if and right until proven responsible. If convicted, the defendant faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment.
The government’s case is currently being managed by the Office’s Structured Criminal offense and Gangs Segment. Assistant United States Lawyers Matthew Galeotti and Dana Rehnquist are in charge of the prosecution.
Brooklyn, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 21-cr-421 (RJD)