Kristijan Krstic arrested in Georgia, extradited to the US
Wanted fugitive Kristijan Krstic was arrested on February 2023 in Batumi, Georgia.
Krstic’s arrest followed a request for extradition from the US who, unknown to us, had learned of Krstic’s whereabouts.
Following his arrest, Krstic is believed to have been held in custody in Georgia while extradition proceedings played out.
Ultimately Krstic was approved for extradition, which happened on October 30th.
The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) completed the removal of Krstic on Oct. 30 from Georgia to the Northern District of Texas.
Krstic arrived in the Northern District of Texas made his initial appearance today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, where he will first face charges before being transferred to face additional charges in the Eastern District of New York.
Krstic is charged in the Northern District of Texas with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in an alleged scheme to create, promote, market, and organize fraudulent online investment platforms.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each count.
Krstic is charged in the Eastern District of New York with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, one count of securities fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Krstic was behind a $70 million plus international MLM crime syndicate, originally smashed by the FBI in 2020.
At the time Krstic and wife Ksenija Fej Atilano Krstic were living in Serbia. Both were subsequently arrested at the request of the US.
Krstic’s extradition proceedings in Serbia dragged on following multiple appeals. In July 2021, Krstic secured his release pending an appeal filed with the European Court of Human Rights.
Krstic and his wife subsequently fled and went into hiding in or around August 2021.
In August 2023 reports out of Serbia suggested Ksenija Krstic had died in Turkey. Turkey borders Georgia to the south-west.
BehindMLM didn’t separately report on Ksenija Krstic’s claimed death because details are sketchy.
Kurir, a Serbian publication, reported Ksenija was “found dead in Istanbul” on August 22nd.
The death of the Filipina has led to various speculations and conjectures on social networks, and according to information, she died due to a serious illness.
Factoring in Kristijan Krstic’s arrest in February 2023, and in the absence of any official documentation, suicide can’t be ruled out.
Seeing as Ksenija remains wanted by US authorities (she was an accomplice to her husband’s fraud), hopefully her status is clarified at some point.
In the meantime, Krstic is facing two criminal cases in the US (Texas and New York). Three of Krstic’s accomplices have already been sentenced to prison.
- Jaira David was sentenced to 3 years in prison in January 2023
- John DeMarr was sentenced to 5 years in prison in February 2023
- Antonije Stojiljkovic was sentenced to 3 years in prison in March 2023
BehindMLM is tracking both of Krstic’s criminal cases. Stay tuned for updates.
Update 20th November 2023 – Don’t think it’ll go ahead this early but Krstic’s Texas trial has been scheduled for January 8th, 2024.
Krstic has been remanded to detention pending the outcome of the case. No updates from New York.