Court mitigated punishment to former Head of MIA OEBiPK in Chelyabinsk for protection of gambling business
The Regional Court reduced the term of imprisonment to Police Lieutenant Colonel Ilya Shchegolev by six months.
The Chelyabinsk Regional Court reduced the sentence of imprisonment to MIA OEBiPK (Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department) former Head Police Lieutenant Colonel Ilya Shchegolev, convicted of gambling business's protection racketeering.
The Court of Appeal, where the ex-policeman's lawyers tried to challenge the verdict of his client, confirmed the guilt of Shchegolev, agreeing with the Prosecutor's arguments. The only relief that made Regional Court – the reduction of the sentence to 6 months. The court considered the departmental medal For Excellence in Service of third degree as mitigating circumstance.
As the CrimeRussia previously reported, in October 2016, the Central District Court of Chelyabinsk sentenced the former Head of the Interior Ministry to 9 years in the strict regime penal colony and a fine of 1.775.000 rubles.
According to investigators, in 2012-2013, the Colonel repeatedly received bribes for a total amount of more than 350 thousand rubles from the organizer of illegal gambling machines parlors in Chelyabinsk. For the money Shchegolev promised the briber a general patronage. Shchegolev worked well. Already being the Deputy Head of the MIA in the Chelyabinsk region in August 2013, he ordered the employees to return 14 slot machines, which had been previously seized from the briber.