On December 14, 2011, in Oakland, California, Igor Purlantov, a New York attorney, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 24 months in prison for fraudulently transferring more than $1 million from the bank accounts of a deceased Contra Costa County resident and then failing to pay taxes on that income. According to court documents, Purlantov defrauded a deceased family friend by fraudulently adding himself on to the friend’s HSBC bank account in Geneva and then transferring more than $1 million to his own accounts in London before transferring some of the money to his accounts in New York. The scheme occurred from October 2004 through February 2005. The defendant then failed to pay taxes on the stolen income. Purlantov agreed to fully reimburse the beneficiaries of his deceased friend $1,175,666 and to pay $293,048 in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.
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