Police in Tver suppressed large-scale fraud associated with installation of smoke sensors in apartments of citizens

“Officers of the MIA of Russia Administration for the Tver Region suppressed the activities of pseudo gas service workers suspected of a series of frauds against pensioners.

According to available information, a 33-year-old resident of Tver created a group of 13 people. The offenders came to the houses and apartments where elderly people lived, introduced themselves as gas service workers and, on the pretext of servicing gas equipment, examined the stoves, and then declared the need for an urgent replacement of gas analyzers. Having received payment in an amount from 15 to 30 thousand rubles, the defendants installed in the apartments ordinary smoke detectors and disappeared.

The Investigative unit for investigation of organized criminal activities of the Investigative Administration of the MIA of Russia Administration for the Tver Region initiated a criminal case under part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

The alleged organizer and several active participants in the illegal activity were detained by police in an office located on the Lydia Bazanova Street in the city of Tver. Five suspects are currently taken to custody. The preventive measure applied to other suspects is an obligation to appear at the Police.

According to the investigation, the accomplices presented to the victims their documents and lists for the installation of equipment, they also offered to make a discount, winning the confidence of senior citizens. During the searches, workbooks, training manuals, sensors, cash registers, overalls for gas workers and other items of evidentiary value in the criminal case were found and seized.

At present, 34 facts of fraud allegedly committed by the detainees have been established. There is reason to believe that the defendants may be involved in other similar crimes. The preliminary criminal investigation is on-going,” said the official representative of the Russian MIA Irina Volk.

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