Investigators from the FBI and NYPD have descended onto a house in Brooklyn's Sea Gate section, in hopes of finding clues around the disappearance of Irina Malezhik (pictured). A tipster called the authorities, saying that she could be buried in the basement of Dmitriy and Julia Yakovlev's home. Malezhik, a 47-year-old Russian translator who worked on federal cases including those involving the Russian mob, was last seen on October 15, 2007; the Daily News reports, on that very day, "checks bearing her forged signature were deposited in the Yakovlevs' joint bank account. The next day the couple allegedly obtained a credit card in Malezhik's name and a woman matching Julia's description made purchases of wrist watches from a Brooklyn jeweler and other items at a Century 21 department store in Westbury, L.I." Dmitriy Yakovlev is still in jail after being arrested last month (his wife is out on $500,000 bail) and his lawyer maintained the couple's innocence. An acquaintance of Malezhik told WCBS 2, "If she was involved with the Russians they'll never find her."
FBI Searches Brooklyn Home For Missing Woman
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