Igor Tikhonov of Hollywood, Florida was arrested last Thursday, news sources report. He faces grand theft and fraud charges after allegedly stealing over $500,000 from a Russian client through his investment company. Tikhonov is currently being held in lieu of $250,000 bond, provided he can prove that the money he uses to post bail was legally obtained. The press did not specify a defense attorney for Tikhonov.
Tikhonov, 61, is the president and owner of New York investment corporation, Alcor Services, which he operated out of his home on Arbor Lane in Hollywood, Florida. The company offers Russian citizens investment opportunities in the U.S. and helps them obtain legal residency documents, visas, U.S. businesses, and school enrollment for their children.
According to the arrest report, a Russian client identified as Sergey Danilchenko of Sochi, Russia allegedly contacted Alcor Services via the company’s website. Danilchenko needed help moving his family to the U.S., where he could get better healthcare services for his sick son, sources say.
Police say Danilchenko purportedly sent $502,750 to Alcor Service’s TD Bank account between October 2012 and August 2013. In return, Tikhonov reportedly sent Danilchenko papers giving him ownership interest in Alcor Services with a promise of 60 percent of the company’s profits, and additional documents showing that his funds were invested in a 44-unit property on American soil.
Feeling skeptical about the deal, Danilchenko requested more legal documentation explaining where exactly his money was used. In response, Tikhonov allegedly sent him an express mail package containing a stack of Florida postcards. Danilchenko’s requests for a refund were allegedly ignored. When Danilchenko found out that the company liaison he had originally contacted via Alcor Service’s website was actually Tikhonov, he decided to contact the police, reports say.
Investigators claim to have evidence that Tikhonov transferred all the funds Danilchenko sent to the TD Bank account to a Wells Fargo account under the company’s name with the intention of using the money for personal expenses. The arrest report states that Tikhonov purportedly used both bank accounts for personal expenses. News sources did not specify whether a first-appearance court session has been scheduled.