Ukrainian Faked His Death And Bought French Castle

He was found by French police living the high life in Dijon.

A lot of us dream of a life of luxury, and for some of us it seems so distant it will have to wait for another lifetime. Well, an unnamed "high profile" Ukrainian made it happen. He would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids gendarmerie.


This is an FML for everyone involved. FML for the guy who got caught, of course. FML for Ukraine, because this is marks the end (hopefully) of just one thread in a fat mess of corruption scandals. It's also an FML for la France, who unwittingly hosted a dead Ukrainian fugitive in one of their lovely castles for nearly a year. Such indignity.


According to Bloomberg, the fugitive was aptly named "King of the Castle" by Europol, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation. He was captured on October 5th near Dijon, France, along with €4.6 million ($5.3 million) of property, including jewelry, three pieces of art by Salvador Dali, the 12th century castle, and a vintage Rolls Royce Phantom. La classe.



Apparently this guy, whoever he is, is a big deal. According to Europol, "The suspect is thought to be behind a complex case of international fraud and money laundering." The investigation began in January due to suspicious transactions surrounding the purchase of the castle for €3 million. It was handled by a company in Luxembourg "whose ultimate beneficial owner was a Ukrainian citizen suspected of corruption at a large scale in his country".



In the hours following the release of Europol's report, a news correspondent covering Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus named Christopher Miller tweeted his own follow-up to the story:



All that work forging his death certificates, having his wife appear on his behalf, and getting new passports from other countries... just to get caught for going too big with the castle. If he'd bought a manor instead, he might've been able to live out the rest of his days in peace with his accomplices.


You've got to know when to hold 'em... Know when to fold 'em... Know when to walk away...


By Gloria Borger / Thursday 18 October 2018 16:23 /
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