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She could be seeking her release on bail as early as June 5.
Marina Talashkova, 24, appeared briefly in Superior Court Thursday but her extradition hearing was adjourned by the prosecution until June 22.
The adjournment was triggered after her defence lawyer, Tyler Hodgson, launched a charter challenge. Hodgson is asserting that his client's detention by Immigration Canada between Jan. 15-18 "constituted an abuse of process and a violation of Marina's rights," court documents state.
If successful, her extradition to the United States could be stayed.
Talashkova, who is an alleged underling, was arrested at Pearson Airport on Jan. 15 by Immigration Canada "on the offence of theft by deceit" for between $10,000 and $100,000 on charges in Las Vegas in July 2009.
She requested to return to Russia when she was denied entry to Canada upon her arrival, court documents allege. For no apparent reason, she was instead detained, although there was no information then that she was wanted in the U.S.
Talashkova was detained by Immigration Canada on the grounds of "serious criminality" and her lawyer is asserting she should have been allowed to leave at that point.
Hodgson contends that the U.S. should have used provisions of their treaty with Russia to extradite Talashkova. Instead, authorities used a provisional arrest warrant with Canada to try to send the woman back to face American justice.
It's unclear why she was detained at that time, especially because the Americans weren't seeking her extradition. Hodgson is seeking to have disclosure of the Canadian authorities' basis for her continued detention in January.
American authorities branded the bogus Internet vehicle scheme as one of the most sophisticated, but not the largest, operations preying on victims in the US.
Their complex scam involved creating phoney identification and passports along with fictitious bank accounts.
The fraudsters allegedly promised the buyers luxury cars, vintage vehicles, RVs and jet skis, took their cash and delivered nothing. The fraudsters siphoned $4 million from 110 bank accounts under these false names from Sept. 4, 2007, to Oct. 5, 2010.
Two of the organization's alleged ringleaders are facing trial in Las Vegas next month.