Reward Offered in Exchange for Information Leading to the Arrest of a Tarzana Couple Who Fled After Being Convicted in Multi-Million-Dollar COVID-19 Scheme
A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest of Richard Ayvazyan and Marietta Terabelian, both wanted for violating their pretrial release in Los Angeles, California.
On October 20, 2020, Ayvazyan and Terabelian were charged federally by the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Los Angeles, California, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. On December 4, 2020, they were placed under pretrial release supervision at their residence. On or about August 29, 2021, the pair is believed to have cut their tracking bracelets and fled their Tarzana residence. A bench warrant was issued for their arrest on August 30, 2021, after they were charged federally with violation of pretrial release. Agents believe that Terabelian and Ayvazyan are traveling together.
Ayvazyan and Terebelian and codefendants were found guilty at trial for operating a scheme in which they fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief programs. Details can be found here. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/four-california-residents-found-guilty-scheming-fraudulently-obtain-millions-dollars-covid-19
Ayvazyan has previously resided in Tarzana, Los Angeles, Encino, and North Hills, California. He is known to drive a white Range Rover with California license plates 7ZAB185 and a white 2004 Toyota Camry with California license plates 5JYK335. Ayvazyan is known to abuse drugs. Ayvazyan is further described as follows:
- Aliases: Iuliia Zhadko, Richard Avazian, Mark Zindroski, Nazer Terabelian, Zhadko Iuliliia, Mike Zindroski
- Date(s) of Birth Used: August 20, 1978, August 2, 1978
- Place of Birth: Armenia
- Hair: Black
- Eyes: Brown
- Height: 5'10”
- Weight: 190 pounds
- Sex: Male
- Race: White
Terabelian has previously resided in Los Angeles, Encino, and North Hills, California. She is known to drive a white 2004 Toyota Camry with California license plates 5JYK335. She is further described as follows:
- Aliases: Marietta Ter-Abelian, Viktoria Kauichko, Susanna Mkrtchyan, Marietta Ter Abelian, Mary Terabelian
- Date(s) of Birth Used: April 2, 1984
- Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
- Hair: Brown—may be dyed blonde, dark brown, or black
- Eyes: Brown
- Height: 5'6”
- Weight: 130 to 140 pounds
- Sex: Female
- Race: White
- Occupation: Terabelian has previously worked at a children’s hair salon.
- Nationality: American
Photographs of Terabelian and Ayvazyan can be found at the following links.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. In Los Angeles, the FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at (310) 477-6565.
The fraud case and fugitive investigation of Ayvazyan and Terabelian are being conducted by the FBI. The case against them is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California.