|In rural Schoharie County, Jerry and Patricia Gauthier knew her as "Anna," an invaluable and trusted home health aide. In Brooklyn, Nazo Gaprindashvili carried another identity – high-level associate of the Russian mob.|
Gaprindashvili, 34, a native of the Republic of Georgia, was a confidante of Razhden Shulaya, who federal prosecutors identified as one of the most powerful Russian organized crime bosses in and around New York City. Shulaya, 41, a "vor v zakone," or "vor" - which stands for thief-in-law, an elite level of Russian criminal the equivalent of a mafia boss - is on trial in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
|Gaprindashvili pleaded guilty to racketeering and was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison. She helped shake down restaurants, scammed casinos and allowed her Brooklyn apartment to be used for gambling.|
In Schoharie County, she stole $500,000 from the family that took her in. In June 2017, the FBI and federal prosecutors busted more than two dozen members of the 'Shulaya Enterprise'. Prosecutors said the syndicate's tentacles spread from Brighton Beach to Florida to Las Vegas.
Gaprindashvili used money she stole from the Gauthiers to pay for an attorney for Shulaya crew member Avtandil Khurtsidze, a Georgian professional boxer.