The National Police of Ukraine is looking for the co-owner of the IT holding Techiia Oleg Krot due to the illegal seizure of $35 million belonging to a foreign investor
Oleg Krot, a co-founder of the Ukrainian IT holding Techiia, is wanted for fraud and legalization (laundering) of income on an especially large scale – crimes under Part 4 of Art. 190 and part 1 of Art. 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
About it reported on the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
According to available information, during 2020-2021, Oleg Krot, together with a colleague, organized and carried out a scheme to illegally obtain by fraudulent means 35 million US dollars in cryptocurrency belonging to Brazilian citizen Carlos Jose De Souza Fusiami.
In particular, Oleg Krot suggested that Carlos Fuziami invest the specified amount in the construction of a hotel complex with a casino on the banks of the Dnieper River in Kyiv and gradually implemented a criminal plan to illegally obtain these funds.
By this time, Carlos Fuziyama had already collaborated with Oleg Krot in creating a data center in Kropyvnytskyi. That is, Oleg Krot, before implementing a big scam for $35 million, established a trusting relationship with the investor.
And at the beginning of July 2020, Oleg Krot, understanding Carlos Fuziami’s interest in investing in Ukraine, invited him to invest in a new business, namely, the construction of a hotel complex with a casino, taking into account the legalization of the gambling business in Ukraine. To do this, Oleg Krot, together with his colleague, developed a fictitious financial plan and a project implementation plan, the total construction cost of which was $35 million. USA, and the implementation period is 16 months.
Oleg Krot assured the foreign citizen that he was allegedly involved in the legislative regulation of gambling and he had the opportunity to secure licenses for the right to organize and conduct gambling in Ukraine.
Oleg Krot received money for the implementation of his criminal intent in stages to his electronic wallet in several transactions – for the start of the implementation of an investment project, for obtaining licenses, allegedly for placing a deposit on the account of a government body authorized to issue them, for the acquisition of a land plot, etc. .
Also, Oleg Krot, during Carlos Fuziami’s review visit to Ukraine, even visually presented a plot of land on the coast of Berkovshchina Bay as acquired for the construction of a hotel complex. Later, a shell company was even acquired, which had a land plot under lease for 49 years.
Thus, Oleg Krot and his colleague carefully prepared and implemented a step-by-step fraud scheme, as a result of which $35 million in cryptocurrency was illegally received from a foreign investor.
The project, at the time of Carlos Fuziami’s appeal to law enforcement agencies in the fall of 2022, had not been implemented, that is, the funds were received in favor of Oleg Krot, and he himself was put on the wanted list for fraud and legalization of illegally obtained property on an especially large scale.