A one-time Brooklyn bouncer linked to the 2009 deadly bar beating and burial of a Russian immigrant was lastly busted — for mendacity on his software to develop into a U.S. citizen, federal authorities mentioned Wednesday.
Dmitri Prus, born in Ukraine and an Israeli citizen, was charged with the March 2013 illegal procurement of naturalization on federal paperwork, with the preliminary paperwork in his case filed simply 10 days after he allegedly removed Ildar Gazizouline’s stays, court docket papers declare.
Information studies on the time mentioned Gazizouline had himself simply develop into a U.S. citizen and was out celebrating with buddies on the evening of his June 21, 2009, disappearance. His automotive was later discovered parked in lots close to the Fusion Evening Membership in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
Prus — who had a background in combined martial arts — lied within the “Good Ethical Character” part of his citizenship software and signed the doc underneath penalty of perjury, in keeping with authorities. He additionally created a bogus cowl story to varied New York state investigators wanting into the disappearance, court docket paperwork mentioned.
“The lies advised by Prus to police investigators had been a part of a sequence of false statements he would give about his position in Gazizouline’s killing and disappearance,” authorities alleged in Brooklyn Federal Court docket papers.
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“Certainly, the federal government’s proof reveals that Prus has repeatedly lied to U.S. Immigration authorities about this incident with the intention to receive… his citizenship. Given his violent historical past and previous efforts at obstruction, the defendant poses a threat to the neighborhood.”
Prus has by no means confronted some other felony expenses, mentioned prosecutors, who famous his felony habits went effectively past a false assertion.
“The defendant dedicated a vicious assault and strangulation earlier than concealing the sufferer’s corpse in a forest,” mentioned prosecutors.
The 39-year-old Gazizouline was intoxicated on the evening when he was punched within the face, dragged by Prus in a choke-hold and left to die on a bench contained in the nightclub, in keeping with authorities.
Prus and several other unidentified males later loaded the corpse right into a car for the 100-mile experience to a wooded space of Sullivan County, court docket paperwork charged. The sufferer’s skeletal stays, together with his cranium, decrease jaw and tooth, had been found by a hiker in Might 2010, with the sufferer later recognized by a DNA match, mentioned native police.
“Prus falsely acknowledged that he had by no means dedicated against the law or offense for which he had not been arrested, when in reality, the defendant knew and believed he had dedicated a number of crimes underneath New York State regulation … arising from his participation within the assault and killing,” wrote prosecutors.
Gazizouline arrived within the U.S. from the Soviet Union in 1992, authorities mentioned. The Instances-Herald Document reported he labored exporting automotive and truck elements to his native nation, including that Russian media had indicated his household believed the disappearance was associated to his job.