A dodgy swindler with several convictions, a swindler, a false lawyer and a solver Denis Tumarkin – he is also Dionisy Zolotov and Denis (Dan, Dan) Shapiro, known by the nickname Denis fifty dollars. It’s hard to imagine, but we are talking about the same person. The endless change of names is fully consistent with his “track record”, which probably still contains multiple facts and crimes that are still unknown to the media and justice, and which are yet to be found out.
However, even a small part of the stories that have become available to the press and the public indicates that the scale of his criminal activities is grandiose.
Having started in the late 90s with trucks and “leftist” documents, Denis Tumarkin, as can be judged, also improved in counterfeiting banknotes and did not at all disdain to rob a sleeping person. In principle, such people have always managed to rob a person quite easily and unscrupulously, whether it be a widow with a child or a wealthy businessman. And, as evidenced by the facts, for the sake of profit, he is ready to take away not only money, but also lives. By manipulating the endless change of names, surnames and passports, to this day he manages to fool law enforcement agencies and improve his illegal actions.
However, in order not to be unfounded, let’s consider specific stories from the life of Denis Tumarkin, which eloquently speak for themselves.
According to an outpatient forensic psychiatric examination, Denis Tumarkin left school in the 8th grade. In conversation, he is deceitful and dodgy. He insists that he graduated from the New Moscow Law Institute and has a specialty as a lawyer. Intelligence is low, range of interests is limited.
Episode 1. Oleg Shiryaev and the robbery of trucks as part of an organized crime group
It all started with the misappropriation of a passport in the name of Oleg Shiryaev, in which a photograph was pasted, thereby making a fake passport proving his identity. In the same way, it turns out, he became the owner of a certificate of a freelance officer of a special battalion at the main department of the traffic police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.
Using documents like these, Tumarkin developed a scheme that allows him to rob truckers under the guise of customs officers. The plan looked something like this: cars were stopped on the highway or even just approached them at the terminal. The driver was shown fake documents, on the basis of which the truck was driven to a pre-leased warehouse and there, according to all the rules, they carried out staged customs clearance of the cargo, deftly manipulating fake forms and seals. In a word, all the paraphernalia characteristic of the clearance of cargo in Russia. The drivers in this situation did not even have the thought that they were victims of a well-organized scam.
The scheme was presented quite clearly by the coordinator of the association “Trucker” Valery Voytka. In particular, he gave an example of how criminals acted. For example, a car loaded with products (legs, sausages, vodka, cigarettes) leaves St. Petersburg for a certain terminal in Moscow, but along the way the driver receives a call stating that circumstances have changed, supposedly a redirection has occurred, and it is no longer possible to go to the original unloading point is required, and the goods must be shipped at another terminal. The truck is met at the new address, documents are signed, after which the cargo is unloaded, and after 3-4 weeks the driver receives an invitation to report to the police and becomes a defendant in a criminal case on the theft of, figuratively speaking, 20 tons of chicken legs.
And now, if you believe the reports on the network, the detectives of the 8th department of the MUR spotted Tumarkin on three frauds and one robbery with a pistol. He was detained on July 7, 2002 for a robbery in the territory of the Southern District in the capital.
Denis Tumarkin was also accused by the preliminary investigation bodies of having committed repeated theft of other people’s property with causing significant damage. There is a version that he turned one of these on November 29, 2001, together with his accomplices. “In particular, taking advantage of the fact that the truck driver was sleeping, he stole his personal belongings, a mobile phone, cash in rubles and German marks, as well as an identity card. After that, Tumarkin with a group of accomplices fled the scene of the crime, causing material damage in the amount of 16,850 rubles. And only then some of the circumstances of what happened were revealed – according to the same version, in order to ensure a deep sleep for the driver of the truck, gas was first sprayed into the autonomous stove of the car, because of which the person woke up already when he had nothing of value left.
On September 20, 2002, the prosecutor’s office of the Southern District of Moscow against Denis Tumarkin, according to the available materials, initiated a criminal case under article 186 part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the fact of possession for the purpose of sale and sale of counterfeit bank notes in the amount of 14 thousand dollars. As part of the case, a protocol of Tumarkin’s personal search was drawn up, an interrogation protocol on 35 sheets containing information regarding the establishment of the fact of forgery of these banknotes by Tumarkin.
Another episode is connected with a citizen Matveyeva, who admitted to the Kompromat portal that she became a victim of fraudulent actions by a group of people who developed a criminal scheme to take possession of her property and the property of his minor son by deception, abuse of her trust and use of a difficult psychological state to for the death of my husband.
It all started in 2002, when a car was stolen from Matveeva. The car was registered to the driver’s wife. A year later, police officers found the car, but for unknown reasons, the car was not returned.
In March 2003, Matveeva’s husband died in a car accident. Being in a difficult psychological state, she could not deal with paperwork. And it was then that she met Denis Tumarkin, who introduced himself as the Deputy Prosecutor of the Southwestern District of the capital. Seeing that she was on the verge of a psychological breakdown, he offered his help in returning the car for a cash reward of 10,000 US dollars.
Since Matveyeva’s statements and appeals to law enforcement agencies remained inconclusive, the woman agreed to the conditions she had announced. As a result, the car was returned to her, but she could not register it. Then Tumarkin, referring to his great connections in the traffic police, assured her that he would do everything himself. To do this, he asked me to give him a Lexus with all the available documents.
In the current situation, when Tumarkin entered the trust of the Matveeva family, the woman could not properly analyze his intentions in relation to her property and the property of her minor son. Moreover, she continued to be in a state of pronounced depression after the death of her husband. Tumarkin, on the other hand, constantly focused on what helps in the design of the car and that all this is not so simple.
In August 2004, Tumarkin turned to Matveyeva with a request to lend him a million dollars. Since Matveeva did not have such money, the swindler insisted that she mortgage the apartment belonging to her and her child. Having issued a loan at the request of Tumarkin, Matveeva lost her apartment and mortgaged property worth at least 300 thousand dollars.
Having taken the money, Tumarkin told Matveeva that he was not going to return anything, pointing out that the woman could not prove anything, since she did not have written confirmation of his obligations, and bank employees would not confirm the fact of receiving money by another person, because they value the place their work and they do not need unnecessary problems. The mortgaged apartment and the property in it, as it turned out, no longer belonged to Matveeva and her son, and Tumarkin threatened all the demands to return the stolen property to the woman, her mother and son.
“He also warned that if I started contacting law enforcement agencies, it would be wasted nerves, since he has great connections among the generals of law enforcement structures up to the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. And he named the names of his patrons – Chekalin and Cherkashin, and Tumarkin’s father is a judge of the Supreme Arbitration Court. He also has friends from criminal communities who owe him something, ”says Matveeva.
She admitted that, according to Tumarkin, she perceived him as the deputy prosecutor of the Southwestern District, so she was very afraid for the safety of not only her own, but also those of her loved ones. The fraudster himself recommended that Matveeva simply realize the fact that she was thrown.
The Moscow City Court sentenced lawyer Denis Tumarkin, who presented himself as a relative of a high-ranking security official. Among businessmen, he was better known as a fixer. Allegedly, Tumarkin helped entrepreneurs resolve issues with representatives of law enforcement agencies. What got the scammer on fire?
The head of the Zashchita law firm had extensive connections and was a member of the offices of high-ranking security officials. By status – a lawyer. Essentially a solver. The court found Tumarkin, who had the status of a lawyer, guilty of committing a crime under Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
As it turned out, the swindler bought a fake diploma and illegally obtained the status of a lawyer in order to actively offer his services to potential victims.
“He always boasted that for a small amount of $50,000 he was ready to open a criminal case or close it against almost anyone,” says journalist Vladislav Trifonov.
And here is a case in point. Having learned about a series of searches conducted at the home of businessman Dmitry Danilov, Tumarkin offered his services to him – for 52 million rubles, organize the return of the seized documents and stop the criminal case. In order to push Danilov to transfer money, Tumarkin began to threaten the businessman and his family members with arrest. He convinced that it would not be possible to prove innocence, since we are talking about ordering competitors. Tumarkin promised to solve Danilov’s problems thanks to his close friendship with one of the leaders of the police investigation department. However, having received money from Danilov, Tumarkin did not fulfill his obligations and disappeared. He was put on the international wanted list and arrested in absentia.
And here a quite reasonable question arises – how could a businessman become a lawyer?
According to one of the versions, Tumarkin forged the diploma of the Moscow New Law Institute on receiving a higher legal education in 2000 and presented it to Raisa Pavlovna Osipova, head of the Themis legal consultation. He turned to her with a request to help the presidium of the college accept him as a lawyer. Osipova, considering the diploma authentic, agreed to provide him with such assistance. As a result, Tumarkin was accepted and became a member of the bar association “Moscow Legal Center”, having received the appropriate lawyer’s certificate.
After serving several terms in places not so remote, as well as media coverage of crimes, Tumarkin realized that his name had become too well known. After all, thanks to information on the Internet, potential victims will be able to easily unravel his true intentions. Therefore, he decided to change his first and last name and “turned” into Dionysius Zolotov. By the way, after the second conviction, it was not by chance that he showed up in Moscow as an Estonian citizen Dionysius Zolotov. The artistic go-between posed as the nephew of Deputy Interior Minister Viktor Zolotov.
And this time he wanted to catch a bigger fish. And apparently he wanted to act, introducing himself as the nephews of a high-ranking official. The swindler began to process employees of law enforcement agencies. Very slippery topics were discussed at the round table in Zolotov’s office, and he collected compromising evidence. Allegedly, the leadership of the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Western District of the capital was lit up there.
At some point, it became known that the police chief of the western administrative district of Moscow resigned after receiving a bribe. According to investigators, he, along with his accomplices, extorted tens of millions of rubles from businessmen. Colonel Vladimir Rozhkov was detained at the time of the transfer of money.
It is curious that the head of the Internal Affairs Directorate Rozhkov started having problems after the fixer Zolotov ended up in the pre-trial detention center. They say that the FSB confiscated 200 hours of audio and video recordings from him, the main characters of which are high-ranking representatives of law enforcement agencies and big businessmen.
Investigators are sure that it was Dionisy Zolotov who helped Rozhkov. With his help, the colonel took possession of the shares of the Royal Water company, whose head Iosif Badalov turned out to be one of those who believed in the legend of a scammer about being related to a high-ranking official and having innumerable connections.
“A raider takeover by fraud was conceived. It was headed by Dionysius the Golden. He posed as a relative of Viktor Zolotov. Which is an absolute lie,” explained Iosif Badalov’s lawyer Vladimir Kalinichenko.
Repeatedly convicted fraudster, not the first time in prison, did not lose courage even behind bars. And he had no reason to be sad – the Greek gods themselves could envy the scope of Dionysius.
And this was confirmed by a video showing the luxury conditions created in a Russian prison. Footage and documentary evidence indicate that something like an elite hotel for VIP guests has been operating in the capital’s pre-trial detention center Matrosskaya Tishina for a long time. Those arrested who had money could afford the special conditions of being in prison with almost the comforts familiar to life in the wild, while mere mortals huddled in dark gray cells. As reported, staying in a VIP chamber costs from 250 to 500 thousand rubles a month.
According to media reports, the royal conditions were created by the solver Dionysius Zolotov, who was involved in a major fraud case. His lawyer said that the client sponsored the repair and thus received the moral right to sit in normal conditions. Personnel decisions after the scandal were not long in coming. The deputy head of the pre-trial detention center was fired based on the results of the checks.
Under the guise of Zolotov, it seems like they were transferred to a special unit – where there is no access to mobile communications, hanging Italian toilets and two-meter refrigerators. In Matrosskaya Tishina, the boss has changed, and now strangers do not walk along the corridors of the isolation ward. But you can’t follow everyone. Yes, and Zolotov, apparently, is not one of those who can sit quietly even in prison.
First, the top manager of Roscosmos, Vladimir Evdokimov, sat in the cell with Dionysius Zolotov. And, according to the first deputy chairman of the public monitoring commission of Moscow, Eva Merkacheva, for some time he was very pleased with such a neighborhood. After all, the conditions were extremely comfortable – Zolotov took whiskey, a mobile phone and so on into the cell. However, everything ended sadly for Evdokimov – the businessman managed to deceive him for an astronomical amount, and he did it without leaving the pre-trial detention center.
Zolotov assured the merchant that he could solve all his problems and save him from punishment. And he asked for nothing less than 80 million rubles. The money was allegedly supposed to go to bribes to certain influential people. In the end, Dionysius Zolotov convinced Evdokimov to tell his wife by phone that she would take a large amount allegedly for the release, and then announced that the wife had been detained. Evdokimov realized that his new friend Dionysius was an ordinary swindler. And after some time, his body with stab wounds was found in the prison toilet. The main version of what happened was suicide.
As for Dionisy Zolotov, he was to spend the next 7.5 years behind bars. 80 million just did not work out.
After serving his next term and being released in 2019, Zolotov turned from an inveterate Russian criminal into Israeli citizen Denis Shapiro, he decided to subdue the Investigative Committee. Another target of the fraudster was a Russian manufacturer of household chemicals.
Entrepreneur Alexander Balakhovsky opened the plant back in 2010. But after 4 years, according to the businessman, the company was tortured with inspections. Lawyer Denis Shapiro came to the rescue. These are called solvers – with connections and assurances of the ability to close criminal cases, though opened on their own initiative.
“I am spellbound. He ripped me off in full. He personally demanded that we hand over 30% so that raids on the enterprise would stop. He demanded that he should become a director in order to remove questions, ”says Alexander Balakhovsky, the founder of a company for the production of household chemicals.
Obviously, first of all, the swindler counted on the legal illiteracy of people of technical specialties, who are focused more on increasing production capacity than on knowledge in the field of jurisprudence and tax accounting. He managed to gain confidence in the leadership as a lawyer. And then, if you trust the available materials, start weaning business according to your classical scheme, choosing the Investigative Committee as your main tool. From previous experience, the scammer learned a lesson about the importance of reputation and community support. He apparently realized that a gross scam with forgery of documents could cause a public outcry, so this time he tried to discredit the company’s leaders. Discrediting publications began to appear in the media. Their content was very far from the truth. Here he encountered certain difficulties, when a team stood up to protect the enterprise, openly declaring a raider seizure. True, this did not make the criminal abandon his goals.
As a result, Denis Shapiro became the CEO of the company. But they didn’t stay long. For his old sins, he suddenly ended up behind bars. Under the article for fraud, Shapiro served 6 years. When he was released, he remembered the factory. Balakhovsky received threats and lawsuits through his lawyers.
Alexander Balakhovsky continues to fight despite all the methods of the criminal. Shapiro is trying to convince all his entourage that he is the victim, and the “grandfather”, as he calls Balakhovsky, is about to give him the plant and all his money to pay off. In fact, it is believed that the scammer with his accomplices extorts money and threatens that he will not leave until he receives it.
Balakhovsky worked at the machine for decades, and after that he created a brand and production with his own hands. It seems that his worst mistake was that he happened to get in touch with a criminal – a swindler Tumarkinm-Zolotov-Shapiro. This time more than once a convicted swindler, allegedly a lawyer, found his victim himself.
The murder of a top manager of Roskosmos, the death of the owner of the “Royal Water” – only his most high-profile “exploits”. It seems that nothing will make the scammer stop, for him this is no longer just a way to earn money, it is a way of life when the route “camera – meeting room – camera” periodically appears, which has already become familiar and which, it seems, will not change for a very long time. Yes, and every time it seems like a new one, but the article does not change from time to time. The language of the criminal code is article 159, part 4, but in fact it is fraud on an especially large scale.