FBI Seeking Fugitive from Prosecution
SACRAMENTO—The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to the location and arrest of Ruslan “Russ” Kirilyuk, 39, of Beverly Hills, who allegedly fled to avoid prosecution. Kirilyuk, who was indicted on wire fraud and mail fraud charges, has been pursued by the FBI for nearly three months after failing to appear for trial.
Kirilyuk, who was born in Ukraine, is described as a white male with brown or blonde hair and blue eyes. He stands 6'1" tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. Kirilyuk also has a scar across the bridge of his nose.
On August 27, 2015, Ruslan Kirilyuk was charged federally with 24 counts of wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. It is alleged that, between October 5, 2011 and March 5, 2014, Kirilyuk and others participated in a large-scale scheme to obtain money from credit card holders, credit card companies, and third-party credit card payment processors by charging individuals' credit cards, without their permission or knowledge, for goods and services that were not provided. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
After Kirilyuk failed to appear in court to face these charges, a federal arrest warrant was issued on February 7, 2017 in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.
Anyone with information about Ruslan Kirilyuk should call the local FBI office or nearest United States embassy or consulate. Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. All tips may be submitted anonymously.