They used the photos to make duplicate keys for the boxes, so they could steal what was inside, including currency, gold bars, jewelry and other property, 声明によると.
“The crimes we allege in this indictment read like something straight out of Hollywood fiction,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney in the statement. “The thieves used sophisticated tools to thwart security systems at foreign banks and tried to cover their tracks by laundering money through US banks.”
They targeted banks in multiple countries, including Ukraine, ロシア, North Macedonia, Moldova, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and France, according to the indictment.
Authorities allege that Cooper was the leader of the operation and received stolen property and used his bank accounts in the United States to launder money from the crimes.
“氏. Cooper is innocent until proven guilty,” his attorney Tony Mirvis told CNN. “There is a lot more to this case than the government has presented in its press release and as the case progresses, I anticipate his innocence will become clear.”
Prosecutors say that Levin used US bank accounts to buy camera equipment used in some of the thefts and to launder some of the proceeds and that Smith committed some of the thefts himself.
CNN was not able to reach Smith’s attorney’s and a woman, who identified herself as his wife, did not comment when reached by telephone.
Levin’s attorneys also denied the charges.
“The physical actions of which he is accused of participating in are not criminal in and of itself unless he knew of the overall criminal conspiracy, which he did not. 氏. Levine maintains his innocence and the case will be resolved accordingly in the court of law,” Albert and Nicholas Dayan told CNN.
Agents executed a search warrant on Cooper’s home and a storage unit on Tuesday and found safe-deposit box keys with no numbering on them, cash, jewelry and high-end handbags, a borescope and a safe-deposit box lock.
If convicted of money laundering conspiracy, the defendants could face up to 20 刑務所での年, 声明によると.