Investigators removed clandestine bankers from the shadow economy and filed several criminal cases

“Investigators and operatives of the MIA of Russia GA for the North Caucasus Federal District suppressed the activities of a criminal community engaged in illegal financial operations.

As part of the operational support of the criminal case initiated earlier by the Investigative Unit of the MIA of Russia GA for the North Caucasus Federal District  with respect to a group of persons under items “a” and “b” of part 2 of Article 172 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, it was established that in 2016 a criminal community composed of several independent structural divisions was organized by the offenders in Nalchik. 

According to the investigation, the leaders and participants of the criminal organization for more than one and a half years carried out illegal banking activities related to cashing and transit of funds in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic and the Stavropol Territory, using the details, stamps and bank accounts of dozens of commercial firms opened by controlled by them dummy persons.  

Creating the appearance of commercial activity, the suspects carried out fictitious financial operations, cashed out the money amounts received to the settlement accounts of the subsidiary firms and returned them to clients, receiving a certain percentage for their services. 

The total “shadow” financial turnover of the criminal community for the period from 2016 to 2017 amounted to about 535 million rubles, and the amount of income derived from the illegal activities exceeded 19 million rubles.

In relation to the alleged organizer, managers and members of the criminal community, the investigative unit of the MIA of Russia GA for the North Caucasus Federal District (NCFD) has instituted criminal proceedings on the grounds of crimes provided for by parts 1 and 2 of Article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. 

Currently, at the request of the investigator, for the alleged leader of the criminal community and one of the active participants, the court have chosen a preventive measure in the form of remand in custody. The remaining defendants are under a subscription on their own recognizance and proper behavior. The preliminary investigation of the criminal case continues,” said the MIA of Russia official representative Irina Volk.

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