Ex-State Duma deputy arrested for real estate fraud

Ex-State Duma deputy arrested for real estate fraud
Ildar Samiev

Former State Duma Deputy from the Fair Russia party, Ildar Samiev, has been taken into custody; he is charged with fraud related to $850-thousand suburban real estate.

According to the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow, a criminal case under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code has been initiated against 49-year-old Ildar Samiev. The investigation was initiated after a statement by representatives of Risegate Enterprises Ltd.

The investigation reports that in 2012, Soratnik LLC, controlled by Ildar Samiev, sold 2,300 square meters of land in the Krasnogorsky district of the Moscow region, as well as a cottage house located on this land, to Risegate Enterprises Ltd.

During the investigation, experts found out that Samiev and a number of unidentified persons were not going to fulfill their obligations, however, in the period from July 31, 2012 to January 25, 2016, they concluded contracts for loan, purchase, and sale of bills, after which they received more than $840 thousand from the buyer.

Later, they stole the money but failed to register the real estate under the ownership of the company. In this connection, Risegate Enterprises Ltd representatives were forced to apply to the Moscow Arbitration Court. In July of this year, the court ruled to recover more than $1 million from Soratnik LLC. Despite the court's decision, the defendant has not paid the money.

According to Kommersant, Ildar Samiev had been a witness in this case for six months, however, in mid-September, the investigating authorities conferred suspect status on him, as they had found a lot of evidence proving that he was one of the fraud organizers.

The Presnensky Court of Moscow has elected custodial placement to prevent him from exerting any pressure on witnesses and destroying evidence in this case. Lawyers of the ex-deputy had not convinced the court to change the preventive measure to a milder one.

It is noteworthy that the Fair Russia party has provided no comment on this situation. Samiev has the reputation of one of Moscow's biggest debtors. Currently, his debt is estimated at tens of billions of rubles.

A number of civil and arbitration cases, in which Ildar Samiev is a defendant, may turn into criminal cases in the near future.

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