Woman who laundered money from corrupt payments to her brother sentenced

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A woman who hid $3.5 million in corrupt payments by letting it pass through her foreign bank accounts has been given a suspended prison sentence today (25 September).

Tatjana Sanderson worked with her brother, banker Andrey Ryjenko, as he took corrupt payments from companies vying for large loans to pay for infrastructure projects.

When these corrupt funds were paid - between July 2008 and November 2009 - Sanderson would contact overseas banks willing to open accounts for her, lying during the application process.

Millions of pounds passed through her accounts for Ryjenko from bribes paid by Dmitrij Harder, the owner of a consulting group, who was later jailed in the US, the Old Bailey heard.

Ryjenko, a senior banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, was sentenced on 20 June 2017 to six years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to make and accept corrupt payments and money laundering.

At this time, Sanderson was deemed unfit to plead. However based on the facts alone, a jury concluded that she had laundered the proceeds of the bribes received by Ryjenko.

Following a further review of Sanderson’s health, she was deemed to be fit to plead, and pleaded guilty to money laundering on 22 August 2018.

The cash will now be confiscated under our Proceeds of Crime Act powers.

Elspeth Pringle, of the CPS, said: “Tatjana Sanderson knew the millions of pounds she was storing in these bank accounts was taken through corrupt payments made to Ryjenko at his banking job.

“Sanderson took the money to distance her brother’s involvement in the corruption.

“The CPS showed in court the extent of the corrupt payments made to Ryjenko and how the money was then followed to Sanderson’s accounts to secure this guilty verdict.”

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