Armen Kazarian, an Armenian national, was extradited to the U.S. in 2010 for his involvement with the Mirzoyan-Terdjanian Organization, an Armenian-American organized crime enterprise engaged in a wide range of criminal activity.
Kazarian was a “Vor,” a term translated as “Thief-in-Law.” The term refers to a member of a select group of high-level criminals from Russia and the countries that had been part of the former Soviet Union, including Armenia.
Vors offer prestige and protection to criminal organizations in return for a share of criminal earnings and use their position of authority to resolve disputes among criminals. Kazarian used his status as a Vor within the criminal community to assist the Mirzoyan-Terdjanian Organization, which was involved in an extensive range of criminal offenses including the operation of a $100 million USD Medicare fraud billing ring. (1)
As part of his involvement with the group, Kazarian engaged in extortion both on behalf of the organization and his own.
In July 2011, Kazarian plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and was sentenced to 97 months in Federal prison and a fine of $1 million USD.
On October 9, 2013, Armen Kazarian BOP Register Number 59722-112 was successfully treaty transferred back to Armenia. (2)