Employee of Moscow region detention center convicted of supply of mobile phones to prison
The Zelenograd District Court of Moscow has rendered a guilty verdict against an employee of one of the Moscow region pre-trial detention centers Marina Shirokova, finding her guilty of bribery and illegal actions (part 3 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code).
During the investigation and subsequent legal proceedings, experts found that as an employee of a pre-trial detention center, Marina Shirokova had offered one of the arrestees to deliver two mobile phones to his cell in exchange for 30 thousand rubles ($504). The arrestee and the intermediary, through whom it was planned to transfer the mobile phones, accepted the offer, but reported Shirokova’s intent to the pre-trial detention center administration and the police.
As a result, the unsuspecting woman went to a meeting carrying two cell phones and chargers to them and handed them over to an intermediary, receiving money from him. And then she was detained.
During the investigation, the woman confessed to all charges and began to cooperate with the law enforcers. The court recognized her frank confession and a difficult financial situation as mitigating circumstances. As a result, the court sentenced her to 3 years' suspended sentence with a probation period of 3 years, and also banned her from working in state bodies for 3 years.
The businessman stated that he had given the money to the Head of the Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Internal Security of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) for "advancing the case" on the watch stolen from him by ICR officers.