North Korean Nationwide extradited to US for 1st time for fraud scheme

A North Korean citizen has been extradited to the USA — a primary with the remoted communist nation —  to face cash laundering expenses as a part of a scheme to evade sanctions and supply luxurious gadgets to the rogue nation, the Justice Division stated Monday. 

Mun Chol Myong, 55, appeared in federal courtroom Monday in Washington D.C. Whereas the ushas no extradition settlement with North Korea, Mun had been detained in Malaysia since 2019. On account of Malaysia’s resolution to ship Mun to the U.S., North Korea severed diplomatic ties with the nation and recalled its diplomats. 

“It is very important underscore the relevance of this first-ever extradition of a North Korean nationwide,” stated Particular Agent in Cost Michael F. Paul of the FBI’s Minneapolis discipline workplace. 

A employees locks the entrance gate of North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday. Malaysia on Friday ordered all North Korean diplomats to go away the nation inside 48 hours, an escalation of a diplomatic spat over Malaysia’s transfer to extradite a North Korean suspect to the USA on cash laundering expenses. (AP Picture/Vincent Thian)

Federal prosecutors stated Mun defrauded banks to the tune of $1.5 million and violated sanctions imposed on North Korea by the U.S. and the United Nations. He was affiliated with the Reconnaissance Normal Bureau, North Korea’s main intelligence group which was the topic of the sanctions. 


A legal indictment stated between April 2013 and November 2018, Mun and different conspirators used a collection of entrance corporations and financial institution accounts registered to false names whereas additionally omitting references to North Korea in worldwide wire transfers. 


The scheme fooled American banks into processing transactions that may in the end profit North Korea. The banks would have in any other case refused to deal with such transactions.

Mun has denied allegations and he reportedly worries that he will not obtain a good trial. He has known as the allegations politically motivated. 

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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