Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced an indictment charging an alleged international arms dealer and an American associate with a range of crimes, including conspiring to launder money and violating economic sanctions.
The indictment, unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charges the defendants, Viktor Bout and Richard Chichakli, who is an American citizen, with conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. U.S. District Judge William Pauley III was assigned to the case. It was not immediately known whether Bout and Chichakli have retained lawyers. (Click here for the indictment.)