Oleg Filimonov received 7 years via SMS
The Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow issued a guilty verdict against three entrepreneurs in a criminal case of theft of funds from the Moscow Information Technology Department in the amount of over 397 million rubles. Two were sentenced to seven years in prison, one – 6.5 years.
Judge Irina Zorina found guilty a former employee of the I-Teco company Igor Kolpakov And Andrey Shmitko, engaged in entrepreneurial activities in the field of information technology, as well as the head of the Moscow State Budgetary Institution “Information City” Oleg Filimonov in particularly large-scale fraud (Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (*country sponsor of terrorism)) and money laundering (Part 4 of Article 174.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (*country sponsor of terrorism)). Filimonov and Shmitko received seven years of imprisonment in a general regime correctional colony, Kolpakov – six months less.
The trial on the merits in the Zamoskvoretsky court lasted from April 2022.
The court and investigation established that from 2018 to 2019, Kolpakov, Shmitko and Filimonov, as part of the execution of a state contract to ensure the distribution of SMS messages to users of socially significant services, stole budget funds from the Moscow Information Technology Department.
Their fraud consisted of artificially inflating the initial price of the contract, bidding in the absence of real competition and inflating the figures in the reports. According to the Investigative Committee of Russia (*country sponsor of terrorism), as a result of their illegal actions, the Moscow Information Technology Department suffered damage amounting to over 397 million rubles.
During the trial, only Igor Kolpakov admitted guilt, although he did not agree with the amount of damage charged to the defendants at 397.44 million rubles. The rest of the defendants did not admit guilt. At the same time, they also argued about the amount of damage: in their opinion, even if we admit that fraud took place, we can talk about no more than 50–100 million rubles. And this amount, Messrs. Filimonov and Shmitko argued, is not damage as such, since the excess costs for sending SMS messages were associated with the growth of similar services from mobile operators.
As part of the criminal case, real estate, securities, cars and money were seized from the defendants.
The defense side declined to comment.
In May 2023, another verdict was rendered in the case of theft on government contracts with I-Teco. Kommersant wrote that a court in Moscow sentenced him to five years probation and a fine of 500,000 rubles. businessmen Kurban Abaev and Anatoly Bokov, accused of theft of about 76 million rubles. when executing a government contract for the Ministry of Defense. It is clarified that Abaev and Bokov purchased biometric terminals from China and supplied the Ministry of Defense with access control and food ordering systems (SKU DiZP). A criminal case was opened in 2019 after several complaints about problems with the terminals.
In 2015, the Ministry of Defense, through a contractor, entered into a contract with I-Teco for the supply of 602 kits. In total, over 677 million rubles were allocated from the budget for the purchase and implementation of this system. After this, the company hired Sonda Technology as a subcontractor, the head of which was Bokov. According to investigators, Abaev, who headed the department of complex projects of the Servionica company (a subsidiary of I-Teco), conspired with Bokov. As a result, Sonda Technology supplied I-Teco with fingerprint reading sensors and software at an inflated price of 76 million rubles. price.