Art Dealers Charged in Gambling Ring Tied to Russian Mob

Complicated alleged money-laundering scheme involves man wanted for trying to rig figure skating at the Olympics


A scion of one of the world's most influential and wealthiest art-dealing families was charged on Tuesday with playing a leading role in a sprawling gambling and money laundering scheme that was carried out under the direction of a Russian organized crime group and included high-stakes poker games involving Wall Street financiers, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes, according to an indictment unsealed in the case.

The investigation, which led to charges against more than 30 people, including a Russian man who was previously wanted in connection for his role in a bid to rig Winter Olympic skating competitions, found ties that stretched from a Bronx plumbing business and a Brooklyn car-repair shop to Cypriot banks and Russian oligarchs.