DES MOINES, Iowa – A California man is charged with setting up fake companies in the three states, then the use of the names of temporary visas issued to students to more than $355,000 in unemployment benefits for non-existing employees.
Nikolai Monastyrski is charged in federal court in Iowa with wire and mail fraud in connection with the scheme that prosecutors say he committed as well as in Illinois, Pennsylvania.
A complaint filed Nov. 10 says Monastyrski received $114,215 of Iowa, $230,000 of Illinois and more than $11,300 of Pennsylvania.
He appeared during a hearing in Des Moines on Thursday and was ordered held by federal marshals to a Jan. 6 hearing in Davenport, where he will be tried.
His federal public prosecutor’s office, and a spokeswoman of the chief prosecutor of the V. S. in the prosecution of the case refused to comment.