Former chief of Perm Criminal Investigation took knock on appropriation of stolen iPhones

Former chief of Perm Criminal Investigation took knock on appropriation of stolen iPhones

Investigative Committee for the Perm region has initiated a criminal case against former deputy chief of the Perm Criminal Investigation Department.

The senior police officer was caught stealing two iPhones version 4 and 5.

According to investigative bodies, the now-former policeman would misappropriate the expensive gadgets using an ingenious scheme; he announced the stolen phones wanted after criminal proceedings on their search had been closed.

Now, the 32-year-old deputy chief of the Criminal Investigation Department for the Sverdlovsk region of Perm faces up to 6 years in prison. He has been charged under Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling committed by a person through his official position).

According to case materials, in May this year the former police officer asked his subordinates how the investigation of criminal cases related to the theft of two iPhones version 4 and 5 proceeded. One of the criminal cases reached court, while the other was discontinued during investigation. Thieves in both cases were police officers; they fully compensated for the damage caused to victims.

Since the court did not oblige to return the gadgets stolen from the victims and subsequently sold, the policeman in question decided to take advantage of this and declared smartphones wanted for the second time. After identifying the new owners, he called them in for questioning and notified about seizure of the stolen property, assuring that it appears in criminal cases.

However, he had not documented the seizure of the phones, and subsequently disposed of them at his own discretion.

The swindler policeman has been detained by officers of the regional MIA's Internal Security Directorate. He then was dismissed and brought to criminal responsibility.

According to Senior Assistant to Prosecutor of the Sverdlovsk region Evelina Orlova, the Prosecutor's Office has deemed the criminal case against him lawful and justified.

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