MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES EXTRADITIO​N OF FOUR ISRAELI DEFENDANTS CHARGED IN MULTI-MILL​ION DOLLAR PHONY “LOTTERY PRIZE” SCHEMES – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that four defendants have been extradited from Israel on charges relating to their participation in multiple lottery telemarketing fraud schemes. The schemestargeted elderly victims in the United States and netted the defendants millions of dollars in profits. AVI AYACHE, YARON BAR, and IAN KAYE were arrested in Israel in July 2009 and indicted with eight others in U.S. v. Avi Ayache et al. SHAI KADOSH,who was indicted with nine others in September 2008 in U.S. v. Guy Mayo et al., had been a fugitive until his December 2011 arrest in Israel.

The four defendants, who are all residents of Israel, arrived in the Southern District of New York late yesterday. AYACHE, BAR and KAYE were presented in Magistrate Court earlier today, and KADOSH was presented before U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.

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