Arrested ICR investigator for priority cases aligned with BFG-Kredit bank's embezzlement
The Lieutenant Colonel of Justice would have a stake in one of the two conflicting beneficiaries.
The arrest of MID ICR senior investigator Alexander Sorokin is aligned with the investigation of the case on BFG-Kredit bank funds’ embezzlement.
The Lieutenant Colonel of Justice was detained on 6 December and arrested under the decision of the Basmanny Court on suspicion of taking bribes in the amount of 50 thousand dollars. A source told RBC that Sorokin investigated BFG-Kredit’s case. His detention is aligned with it.
The publication noted that representatives of two bank shareholders confirmed this information. Sorokin’s lawyer Maxim Pashkov declined to comment it citing the pledge of secrecy.
On 19 December it became known about the initiation of the case under Article Embezzlement on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code) in respect of the bank's management. Criminal proceedings against former chairman of the BFG-Kredit bank Pavel Doinov and a number of unidentified persons were opened upon the withdrawal of 2.3 billion rubles from the bank.
According to the materials of the case, under the guise of loans the money was transferred to the accounts of short-lived companies during a few months. According to investigators, Doinov with accomplices having information about the bank's financial problems and the possible imminent revocation of its license were deliberately provided loss loans to front legal entities.
The license of the bank was revoked in July of 2016, a criminal case was opened in October. The hole in the bank amounted to 47 billion rubles, the Central Bank reported in late November.
ICR Lieutenant Colonel Sorokin was caught red-handed two weeks ago. Previously, the investigator was not on the hook. It is known that he was checked for involvement in the kingpin Shakro Molodoy’s case of extortion, upon which Deputy Head of the Moscow Central Board of the Investigative Committee Denis Nikandrov, Head of the MIA BIA Mikhail Maksimenko and his deputy Alexander Lamonov were arrested.
It should be noted that beneficiaries of BFG-Kredit has conflict with each other. Owner of 40% stake in the bank Yuri Glotser is suing with Tamara Khoroshilova, who owns 19.5% of the shares. Khoroshilova states that the money from her deposit in BFG-Kredit was siphoned off by Glotser’s representatives and tries to sue them. Glotser accuses her of raider attacks. He also does not rule out the possibility that investigator Sorokin could receive a bribe in connection with the conflict of interests between owners.
For several days now, the minds of the public in St. Petersburg are occupied with one piece of news – Lieutenant-General Umnov, head of the Main Directorate of the MIA for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, leaves his post and sets off for a promotion to Moscow. Sergey Umnov is allegedly designated for the position of deputy minister of the MIA Vladimir Kolokoltsev. However, on the sidelines of the ministry they expect not a promotion for the Petersburg general, but an honorable resignation with the consequent loss of political weight.