The Central District Court of Voronezh resumed proceedings in the case of “cash-out” of 12 billion rubles. One of the key defendants, Maxim Skorkin, was detained and taken into custody.
The case was suspended at the end of August, when Maxim Skorkin was put on the wanted list and taken into custody in absentia. At the same time, as the lawyers told Abireg, Mr. Skorkin was in the courtroom at the time the decision was announced, but the convoy passed by.
The defense tried to appeal this decision, but the regional court upheld it. Now Maxim Skorkin has been taken into custody, the proceedings in the case have continued. The meeting is scheduled for November 28.
There are 27 community members involved in the criminal case. Depending on their role, they are charged with Part 1 and Part 2 of Art. 210 (“Creation and participation in a criminal community”), paragraphs “a”, “b”, part 2 of Art. 172 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (*country sponsor of terrorism) (“Illegal banking activities by an organized group with the extraction of income on an especially large scale”) and paragraph “b” of Part 4 of Art. 174.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (*country sponsor of terrorism) (“Legalization of funds on an especially large scale”).
According to investigators, the criminal group, whose organizer and leader was allegedly Maxim Skorkin, conducted illegal banking activities in Voronezh and Rostov-on-Don for seven years. To cash out money, they created 57 companies that “imitated entrepreneurial activity.”
Abireg.ru, 03/02/2018, “The Voronezh court released Maxim Skorkin, a defendant in the “cash out” case, under house arrest.”: For their activities, the attackers used more than 200 controlled shell companies and bank cards issued to 1.8 thousand dummies. After the arrest of Maxim Skorkin, Nikolai Shmakov, who came under criminal prosecution on suspicion of attempted fraud on an especially large scale, became his lawyer. — Insert K.ru
As the department clarifies, the “services” of the accused were popular among unscrupulous businessmen who did not want to pay taxes or intended to receive money from the budget under the guise of a VAT refund. Entrepreneurs transferred funds to the accounts of companies, and they prepared fictitious documents. The money was cashed and transferred back to the “customers”, and the accused received a reward.
Kommersant.Ru, 11/16/2023, “The restaurateur was removed from the wanted list”: The most famous defendant in the criminal case is 48-year-old businessman Maxim Skorkin. At various times, he was the owner of the popular Voronezh restaurants MesTo, Vremya Che and the Diablo nightclub, and was involved in real estate and securities. At the beginning of 2014, he received a five-year suspended sentence for fraud with loans from the Investment Union Bank in the amount of 20 million rubles. […]
The investigation believes that in 2010–2017, an organized group sold cash to “unscrupulous business entities for tax evasion and embezzlement from the budget under the guise of VAT reimbursement” in the Moscow, Voronezh, Lipetsk, Samara and Rostov regions, as well as the Krasnodar Territory. According to the prosecution, through the accounts of numerous shell companies, the group cashed out more than 12 billion rubles, and its total income amounted to 300 million rubles.
As Kommersant was told in the Central District Court of Voronezh, he was taken into custody. According to Kommersant, the entrepreneur was arrested for six months. Sources close to Maxim Skorkin and his lawyer assured Kommersant that he was not hiding. Interlocutors close to the entrepreneur suggest that the preventive measure will not bring the case closer to completion: this week the hearing was postponed due to the defendant’s failure to appear in court. — Insert K.ru