FBI’s “most wanted” list includes 5 alleged money launderers with a Canadian connection

By Christine Duhaime | January 15th, 2011

The FBI’s “Most Wanted” list of fugitives has been in publication for 60 years and has expanded into other specialized lists, including the most wanted terrorists and the most wanted list for white collar crimes. Interestingly, the current list includes several fugitives wanted. Here are five of them:

  • James J. Bulger – being sought by the FBI for numerous crimes including murder, racketeering and money laundering. Last April, the FBI believed he was in Victoria, British Columbia and local bookstore owners were asked to be on the lookout for him. There is a US$2 million reward for information that leads directly to his arrest. He is #1 on the FBI Most Wanted Fugitives list;
  • Semion Mogilevich – being sought for numerous charges including money laundering, securities fraud and mail fraud. Mogilevich is alleged to have defrauded investors of US$150 million through a Canadian public company called YBM Magnex International. In 2002, shareholders of YBM received a $85 million settlement from nine of the directors of YBM, two Toronto law firms, two accounting firms and five underwriting firms. Mogilevich is believed to be in Russia. He is #4 on the FBI Most Wanted Fugitives list;
  • Claudiu Virgil Turlea – being sought for numerous charges including money laundering in connection with monetary instruments, bank fraud and computer fraud for hacking into bank accounts and wiring over US$4.3 million to bank accounts he controlled. Turlea is a Romanian foreign national and is believed to be in Canada;
  • Tobechi Enyinna Onwuhara – being sought for allegedly using Internet databases to steal identities and access lines of credit to transfer funds to accounts in which he controlled. He is believed to have travelled to Canada and is known to frequent casinos; and
  • Farhad Monem – being sought for money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud and bribery. He has ties to Canada and is known to frequent casinos.
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