United States Department of Justice Visit Highlights Strong U.S. – Estonia Law Enforcement Cooperation

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite with Prosecutor General of Estonia Andres Parmas.

December 1, 2022

United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. visited Estonia today. While in Tallinn, the Assistant Attorney General met with Estonian Prosecutor General Andres Parmas and Estonian Ministry of Interior Undersecretary of Internal Security Veiko Kommusaar.

“Estonia is an outstanding partner and ally.  I have enjoyed visiting Tallinn and listening to Estonia’s perspective as we continue to work together to combat transnational illicit activities – including cybercrime, corruption, and money laundering,” Assistant Attorney General Polite said.

During the meetings, the Assistant Attorney General discussed recent bilateral law enforcement cooperation, including the November 20th arrest of Sergei Potapenko and Ivan Turõgin, two Estonian citizens arrested on an 18-count indictment for their alleged involvement in a $575 million cryptocurrency fraud and money laundering conspiracy involving hundreds of thousands of victims.

“Combatting the illicit use of digital assets is a shared priority. Enforcement actions like this demonstrate the successful coordination and cooperation between U.S. and Estonian law enforcement. Estonia has been a leader helping to disrupt cyber-enabled crime that impacts us all, and we thank the Estonians for their continued collaboration to help bring justice for the victims,” the Assistant Attorney General added.

Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. serves as the Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  In that capacity, Mr. Polite supervises the Division’s more than 600 federal prosecutors who conduct investigations and prosecutions involving organized and transnational crime, gang violence, securities fraud, health care fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, public corruption, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act violations, child exploitation, international narcotics trafficking, human rights violations, and other crimes, as well as matters involving international affairs and sensitive law enforcement techniques.

Photos from the meeting are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassytallinn/albums/72177720304129898