Malchas Tetruashvili: How He Found Guilty of Money-Laundering? The Truth Exposed (Latest Update 2023)

Malchas Tetruashvili, a Georgian mafia leader, has been in the spotlight for his suspected involvement in money laundering and links to corrupt government officials. He has been linked to Tariel Oniani and was caught in 2005 as part of Operation Wasp. Tetruashvili was recently accused of paying a business’Eliminalia’, to remove negative information about him from the internet.

Since the Tetruashvili family’s capo, MalchasTetruashvili, was found guilty of money laundering, he has aligned himself with the former sub-delegate of the Government convicted of corruption, Eduard Planells, and the entourage of the former CiU representative Antoni Fernández Teixidor. 

He was arrested as part of Operation Wasp in 2005, which examined the entry of the Eastern mafia into Spain via Catalonia. He was associated with Tariel Oniani or thief-in-law. In 2019, he agreed to a money laundering conformity judgment.

Malchas Tetruashvili’s Connections

Antoní Fernández Teixidó

Anton Fernández Teixidó, a CiU member of the Catalan Parliament, refused to appear in court the other day for a hearing into his suspected connections with Malchas Tetruashvili, a Georgian mafia boss. 

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During an anti-mafia raid, police allegedly discovered a letter from Teixidó, written on an official notepaper, thanking the Georgian for dinner. The mafia guy Anton Fernández picked up that note and showed off his connections. It gives an odd appearance. Apart from that, no more information is available on this matter.

Eduard Planells & Four Other

Eduard Planells, a former government sub-delegate in Barcelona, was in custody for allegedly favoring the granting of work permits to Russian mafia leaders, primarily Malchas Tetruashvili, who was arrested in June 2005 by order of National Court judge Fernando Andreu. 

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Eduard Planells

Two officers from the Government delegation in Catalonia, an employee of the Russian consulate in Barcelona, and a Moroccan manager were arrested as part of the operation.

What do you know about Money Laundering?

Criminals are largely driven by the potential financial gain from unlawful activity, yet they have difficulty using this money covertly. Their method of making illicit riches appear legal is money laundering. It’s a significant instrument for many illicit operations, including cocaine trafficking and terrorism, assisting criminals in growing and upholding a façade of legitimacy. Unchecked, it can undermine confidence in financial institutions and finance other illegal activities, such as violence and terrorism. Essentially, money laundering gives criminals a way to conceal their illicit profits, which poses a severe threat to both the banking system as well as society at large.

The anti-corruption prosecutor’s office, which has been in charge of this operation for two years, said Wednesday that the prisoners are charged with prevarication, bribery, and document falsification.

More Details of Malchas Tetruashvili’s Connection

Since June 2005, when Judge Andreu was in charge of the initial stage of the Wasp operation, the former sub-delegate to the Government has been in the spotlight. Then it came to light that Planells, who handled immigration for the government delegation in Catalonia, had twice met in Barcelona with mafioso Malchas Tetruashvili, a lieutenant of Zahkar Kalashov, the network’s boss. 

26/12/2023 Update
As of now, Malchas Tetruashvili has not responded, nor has he apologized for his misdeeds. He has ignored our efforts to highlight the problems faced by his victims. Furthermore, he has only focused on propagating his fake PR.

In a television interview in September 2006, Planells, whom the National Telecommunications Market Commission had only employed for a week, admitted these connections. Through CiU deputy Antonio Fernández Teixidó, Planells acknowledged that he met the drug lord twice in 2001 without documentation of his alleged criminal past.

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Malchas Tetruashvili was initially introduced to him by the legislator as the leader of an NGO looking to hire competent workers for its hospitality businesses. In their second meeting, the capo convinced Planells to provide him with a letter of reference, which allowed him to carry out the contracts despite the difficulties the Spanish Embassy in Moscow had encountered. Both meetings were attended by the Government’s sub-delegate at the time, Eduard Planells.

Why is there no Online Public Evidence Against Malchas Tetruashvili?

Malchas Tetruashvili, a money launderer for Russian-Georgian mafia lord Tariel Oniani, paid Eliminalia 30,000 euros to remove 79 links to unfavorable content about him after a Spanish court sentenced him to five months in prison. 

Eliminalia, based in Barcelona, has been laundering reputations for a decade. From a wood-paneled coworking space on the historic commercial street of Portal de Angel, which it shares with two dozen other businesses, the company has developed as a prominent participant in the worldwide disinformation-for-hire industry.

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Officially, the man behind Eliminalia is Diego “Didac” Giménez Sánchez, a  Spanish entrepreneur. Sánchez claims to be in charge of many businesses, including a Ukrainian surrogacy business under investigation for baby trafficking.

Thousands of leaked files collected by the French non-profit Forbidden Stories and shared with OCCRP and dozens of partners allowed reporters to describe Eliminalia’s vast web of digital influence. The documents build on past reports and provide unprecedented insight into the company’s unethical practices for stifling client complaints.

How Does Eliminalia Work?

Sánchez, who describes himself as a self-made entrepreneur, was just 20 years old when he launched his first reputation management company in Spain. Over the years, he launched several other businesses, ultimately moving to Ukraine, where he recruited workers to write made-up reviews and false legal notices to journalists.

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Some of Eliminalia’s business comes from ordinary people wishing to remove damaging content posted about them online as part of an increasing drive to improve “right to be forgotten” laws. However, reporters discovered that many of the clients on the reputation manager’s books were criminals, such as Malchas Tetruashvili, who recruited Eliminalia to use those rules in their favor.

According to the leaked internal data, Eliminalia has served over 1,400 clients, including hundreds of persons suspected or convicted of crimes that include drug trafficking and sexual assault to fraud and money laundering.

Conclusion

Malchas Tetruashvili’s case demonstrates the issue of corruption and organized crime, as well as how they can penetrate government organizations. His links with corrupt officials and his attempt to hide his online reputation show how far some criminals would go to safeguard their interests. This case serves as an advisory to law enforcement and the general public to maintain caution in the battle against organized crime and corruption.

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  1. We need to improve and add some advancement to our police and provide our legal authorities with some technological education so that they can seize their black market businesses and put an end to their crimes, it is seen that there are several political and legal entities ready to help these criminals for their crimes, so we need to keep in mind that they won’t get the freedom for practicing these crimes, otherwise they would never stop scamming their users and the process of money laundering can’t be stopped and none of the criminal’s networks will come under influnce for stop doing the scam.

  2. Malchas had got several higher connections with other mafias which helped him a lot in maximizing his circle and has scammed thousands of dollars after expanding the business of money laundering it is very much important for avoiding these criminals and making them suffer for their problems rather than advertising them, the government should keep this in mind, which is exposing the criminals is very much important. We have seen several mafias using their money and power to suppress the matter and make others terrorized before exposing them. In other countries, it is seen that if someone tried to expose them has to rely on their life.

  3. There should be anti-mafia branch cells for capturing the records of criminals like Malchas, otherwise, more and more mafias will keep merging and crimes like money laundering will never get to an end, so the government needs to arrest these criminals and provide them with respective punishment. If Malchas gets arrested then the chance of capturing the complete network is higher.

  4. I am not able to understand why these government bodies are allowing this mafia to emerge even after they are providing for their country through the financial crisis, thus it is very important to make them suffer for their crime, Malchas was involved in several cases of money laundering so make sure they don’t get freed for scamming their country people, otherwise it would be very difficult to handle these criminal in future. If you are planning to invest with these fraudsters then you need to search for some other firm rather than wasting your money and time with these scammers their ratio of frauding their clients is on another level, still, there is no solid proof for the money laundering cases, what we have got against these fraudsters, nothing, so avoid them for any sort of investment. Also, the officials have arrested this criminal for promoting money laundering but what they get is nothing only sentenced for some years or a fine, which doesn’t affects them a lot.

  5. I am not able to understand why these government bodies are allowing this mafia to emerge even after they are providing for their country through the financial crisis, thus it is very important to make them suffer for their crime, Malchas was involved in several cases of money laundering so make sure they don’t get freed for scamming their country people, otherwise it would be very difficult to handle these criminal in future. If you are planning to invest with these fraudsters then you need to search for some other firm rather than wasting your money and time with these scammers their ratio of frauding their clients is on another level, still, there is no solid proof for the money laundering cases, what we have got against these fraudsters, nothing, so avoid them for any sort of investment. Also, the officials have arrested this criminal for promoting money laundering but what they get is nothing only sentenced for some years or a fine, which doesn’t affects them a lot.

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