In Krasnodar, those accused of participating in a criminal community that provided cash withdrawal services to local businessmen will be tried. According to the investigation, the defendants in the criminal case created more than 80 one-day firms, through which more than 3.9 billion rubles were allegedly “laundered”. Legal entities entered into fictitious contracts with members of the community for the purchase and sale of equipment and machinery, after which the money was transferred to the company’s accounts and cashed out. The service cost 5-6% of the amount spent through the system. In total, 16 people are involved in the case, two of them are considered by the investigation to be the creators of an organized group. Sanctions of the articles incriminated to him suggest up to 20 years in prison.
The Prikubansky District Court of Krasnodar for consideration on the merits was transferred to a criminal case against a criminal community, which, according to the investigation, has been engaged in cashing out funds for three and a half years. The regional prosecutor’s office approved the indictment against 16 alleged members of the organized criminal group. They are accused of organizing and participating in a criminal community (parts 1, 2 of article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), manufacturing and selling fake credit cards and payment documents (parts 1, 2 of article 187 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), illegal banking activities committed by an organized a group with the extraction of income on an especially large scale (clauses “a”, “b” of part 2 of article 172 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), as well as the illegal formation of a legal entity (clauses “a”, “b” of part 2 article 173.1 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, the alleged criminals carried out illegal activities from March 11, 2014 to November 7, 2017. The creators of the organized criminal group, according to the information of the Investigative Committee of the ICR in the region, are a 33-year-old resident of Krasnodar and his 35-year-old accomplice who has experience in managing work in commercial organizations. Subsequently, they allegedly involved 14 more people from among the inhabitants of the Krasnodar Territory, the Republic of North Ossetia, as well as the city of Moscow and some unidentified persons into the organization.
As the prosecutor’s office of the Krasnodar Territory said, while in Krasnodar, the attackers illegally created more than 80 one-day firms through nominees, through which cash was “laundered”. In addition, the investigation believes that they carried out banking activities without registration and license, in cases where it was required. In total, the defendants are charged with cashing out 3.9 billion rubles. These people were approached by businessmen and companies who, in order to avoid questions from the tax service, wanted to cash out money. They entered into fictitious deals with the accused, including the sale or purchase of some kind of equipment, computer equipment, and so on. After that, the money was transferred to the accounts of one-day firms and cashed out. Relatively speaking, from 1 million rubles, the defendants took a commission of 60 thousand. In general, the remuneration ranged from 5% to 6%, depending on the amount.
The Kuban Kommersant wrote about this earlier. According to him, there was a clear hierarchical structure in the criminal gang, which was subordinate to two leaders. The rest of the defendants, according to the source, were hired by firms as ordinary clerks for a salary of 30,000–50,000 rubles. Operational support in the criminal case was carried out by employees of the Department of Economic Crime and the PC of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the city of Krasnodar. The organizers of the organized crime group were taken into custody after the arrest. With regard to the rest of the defendants in the criminal case, preventive measures were chosen in the form of house arrest and a written undertaking not to leave and proper behavior. The property of the accused (including expensive vehicles and real estate) was seized.
As it became known to Kommersant-Kuban, 33-year-old Anton Romanenko and 35-year-old Anton Likhtinov are considered to be the organizers of the criminal community for cashing money. According to the SPARK-Interfax system, Mr. Romanenko is a co-owner of Tri A LLC (33.33% stake in the UK), specializing in leasing and property management, as well as Etalon Holding CJSC (25% stake in the UK), providing financial services. Anton Likhtinov also owns a 33.33% stake in the management company in Tri A LLC and a 25% stake in Etalon Holding CJSC. In addition, Romanenko is listed as participating in the liquidated companies Etalon Group LLC (in a state of bankruptcy), Montazhproekt LLC, Agro Holding LLC and Absolut-Yug LLC. Likhtinov appeared as a co-owner of Agro Holding LLC and TD AAS LLC. As told in the prosecutor’s office of the region, the sanction that threatens the accused for the most serious of crimes (the creation of a criminal community) provides for a punishment of 12-20 years in prison. For participation in a criminal community, defendants in a criminal case face 5-10 years in prison.
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