Arrested Shestun turns out to have 565 land plots and 22 cars worth $149mn

Arrested Shestun turns out to have 565 land plots and 22 cars worth $149mn
Aleksandr Shestun

The Prosecutor General's Office plans to seize this property from the former Serpukhov district head.

The Prosecutor General's Office of Russia has revealed the results of work on the case of former Head of the Moscow region’s Serpukhov district, Aleksandr Shestun. He turns out to have 565 land plots and 22 cars. This is reported by Spokesman of the supervisory agency, Aleksandr Kurennoy.

As estimated by the Prosecutor General’s Office, the total value of the property is 10 billion rubles ($149 million). Prosecutors intend to file a claim for the forfeiture of the official’s property.

“The identified property status of Shestun does not correspond in any way to his official income,” Kurennoy noted.

Vedomosti’s source explained that all plots were registered in the names of front persons.

As previously reported by The CrimeRussia, Shestun was placed under arrest in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in the summer of 2018 on charges of Exceeding Official Powers, which was later reclassified as Swindling on an Especially Large Scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code), and Legalization of Criminal Money (part 4 of Art. 174.1), and Illegal Entrepreneurship (Art. 289).

The investigation has revealed numerous facts of fraud with land plots by the district head. In 2008-2014, he unjustifiably transferred four land plots to the ownership of a private company, according to the case file. As a result of these actions, damage in the amount of 62.8 million rubles ($935,885) was inflicted to the state. Shestun faces up to 10 years of imprisonment.

The former head of the district considers the case to be fabricated to prevent him from taking part in the elections. He has yet to plead guilty.

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