Head of Housing Services and Utilities district department detained for taking bribes  

Head of Housing Services and Utilities district department detained for taking bribes
Still from police footage Photo: Press service of the MIA Main Directorate for the Volgograd region

The officials have imposed a tax on petty traders.

As reported by the ICR Investigations Directorate for the Volgograd region, head and employees of one of the housing services and utilities departments have been detained in the Krasnoarmeysk district of Volgograd.

The head and an engineer of the department, as well as two local residents are suspected of receiving a bribe as part of an organized group.

According to the investigation, in 2016, the department head offered the engineer to earn by collecting money from market traders. The officials got two unemployed men in to seek out violators, and then force them to sign lease agreements for land plots, on which retail outlets were located.

Depending on the range and volume of products, the entrepreneurs monthly transferred the accomplices from 4.5 to 12 thousand rubles. In the period from January to April 2017, the officials and their accomplices collected more than 65 thousand rubles ($1.2 thousand) from small traders, but the investigation does not exclude that other similar episodes of criminal activity will be revealed soon. During one of the money transfers, the suspects were detained red-handed.

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During searches, law enforcers seized the details of persons trading in the Krasnoarmeysk district, indicating the transferred sums of money, copies of passports, certificates of registration of legal entities and individuals, as well as more than 130 thousand rubles ($2.2 thousand). 

It is reported that the suspects will face criminal liability from a large monetary fine before to the imprisonment for up to 12 years.

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