Scammers who had created fake brokerage houses on Internet were detained in Moscow

“Officers of the Main Directorate of Economic Security and Combatting Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia together with colleagues from the city of Moscow suppressed the activities of a criminal community, whose members, under the guise of brokerage activities, used to steal citizens' funds.

It has been established that since 2016, the offenders, in the absence of the necessary license, organized the placement in the Internet of false information about the possibility of generating income in the electronic currency exchange market. At the same time, the accomplices positioned themselves as representatives of a Forex dealer and attracted citizens' funds, promising extra-high profit from operations. In fact, they were not engaged in brokerage activities, the assets received were transferred by them to controlled accounts, and then stolen.

According to preliminary data, the total amount of stolen funds may exceed 100 million rubles.

The investigative unit of the GA for Investigation of the MIA of Russia GA for Moscow initiated criminal cases under part 4 of Article 159, parts 1, 2 of Article 210 of the Russian Criminal Code.

During searches at the places of residence of the suspects, objects and documents of evidentiary value for the criminal case were found and seized.

Currently, operational-search measures and investigative actions are being taken to establish all the circumstances of the unlawful activity,” said the official representative of the Russian MIA Irina Volk.

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