Read the news story below and ask yourself:
1 – Why no jail time?
2 – Why is he allowed to stay in this country?
3 – What kind of message does this send to criminals around the world?
Russian immigrant stages crashes, steals $439K, but gets no jail time
A Russian immigrant who recruited people to take part in an insurance fraud scam focused on phony automobile accidents was sentenced today in federal court.
Radislav Lankin, 31, of Brooklyn, identified by a prosecutor as the third-ranking organizer of the Buffalo-based fraud ring, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.
After pleading guilty to fraud charges, Lankin was sentenced to five years on probation and ordered to repay $439,000 to insurance companies that were cheated. Skretny ordered him to spend three months of the probation period in home confinement and three months in a halfway house.
Lankin is the latest of 29 people convicted in connection with a fraud ring that has been investigated by the Western New York Health Care Fraud Task Force, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Rogowski said. Authorities have been investigating the group for about four years.
Lankin admitted that he would recruit people in the Buffalo area who agreed to falsely claim they were injured in car crashes. Members of the ring ran a fraudulent medical clinic, sold them unneeded crutches and other medical equipment and helped them file paperwork for false insurance claims.
A Russian immigrant who is now an American citizen, Lankin told Skretny he now works as a consultant for small businesses.