Police officers in Stavropol Territory detained organized group of telephone fraudsters

Staff of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Stavropol Territory detained five people suspected of misappropriation of the money of residents of the region by deception.

During a set of operational measures, police found out that an unidentified citizen and one of the detainees had created an organized group to commit unlawful acts, and involved four participants into it.

According to the prepared plan, the citizens who performed the role of the so-called “callers” introduced themselves to residents of the region as bank's security service officers during telephone conversations and reported to bank clients that their funds had been illegally debited or their bank cards had been blocked. Misleading the victims, they persuaded them to transfer certain amounts supposedly to the account of a reserve cell or to name passwords and pin codes.

The investigators found that the “callers” transferred the received money to three members of the organized group – “cashing-out staff”, who, in turn, transferred the money to persons unaware of their illegal activities for the subsequent exchange of money for cryptocurrency. The illegal income resulting from all the fraudulent transactions, was forwarded to one of the organizers.

In the course of the work performed, the unlawful activity of the offenders was revealed and suppressed. Having implemented operational-search measures, officers of the Criminal Investigation Department of the regional GA, with the power support of the Rosgvardia, detained the members of the organized group in rented apartments and safe houses in Ufa, and also identified possible witnesses in Kaluga, Nizhny Novgorod and the Komi Republic. During the searches at the places of defendants' temporary residence, operatives found bank cards, mobile phones, sim-cards and a part of the stolen money. One of the organizers of the group and two of its members were taken into custody, for two more the court selected a preventive measure in the form of house arrest. The investigation established the involvement of detainees in seven facts of fraud. Among the victims there are not only elderly citizens, but also young people. In total the victims lost about 350 thousand rubles.

The General Investigation Administration of the MIA of Russia GA for the Stavropol Territory prosecuted the suspects based on crime features stipulated in part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code, which were combined in one proceeding. Currently, the investigator is carrying out all necessary investigative and procedural actions aimed at documenting the illegal activities of the suspects, as well as establishing the whereabouts of the other organizer and other participants of the crime.

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