Former CT man extradited from Brazil pleads guilty in federal case

A former state resident who faced extradition from Brazil this year to face charges there has pleaded guilty to two federal crimes, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut.

On Thursday, it was announced that 68-year-old John Voloshin appeared in federal court in Hartford and pleaded guilty to bank fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years, and aggravated identity theft. His sentencing is scheduled for August 22.

Authorities said Voloshin was in prison between 2012 and 2015 in connection with another fraud investigation. Months after his release, he participated in another fraud scheme by soliciting money from individuals and falsely claiming it would be invested to generate large profits, authorities said.

In November 2017, he was again sentenced to prison for that offense, which he served until May 2018, officials said. The following year, Voloshin defrauded a Bloomfield company by stealing blank checks for the company's business account and the owner's personal account, forging the owner's name and endorsing the check for himself, officials added.

Around the same time, Voloshin also stole checks and money orders issued to the company by third parties, officials said. As part of the plan, Voloshin created a company with a similar name, opened a bank account and deposited embezzled checks, officials said.

In total, Voloshin defrauded his victims of about $56,000, officials said.

Voloshin was arrested in São Paulo, Brazil in 2021 and held until his extradition to the United States in January.

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