Head of Mytishchinskoe Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption detained for fraud

Head of Mytishchinskoe Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption detained for fraud

9 million rubles ($151 thousand) were supposed to mitigate the charge of a suspect of extortion.

FSB officers have detained Head of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the MIA Mytishchenskoe Moscow University Sergey Sysoev. The police officer is suspected of swindling on an especially large scale worth 9 million rubles. It was this amount that the Lieutenant Colonel demanded from a suspect of extortion to mitigate his charge.

According to Moskovsky Komsomolets, the story dates back to 2016. Then, 44-year-old police Lieutenant Colonel Sergey Sysoev received an offer from an unemployed resident of Moscow region’s Mytishchi, 57-year-old Vyacheslav Suzdalnitsky. The offer was that the Lieutenant Colonel assisted in mitigating the article for 38-year-old Moscow resident Sergey Bespalov, charged with extortion. The police officer would receive 9 million rubles for assisting in this undertaking.

They decided to use the lawyer of the person under investigation to transfer the money; Sysoev received the aforementioned amount in parts. The detainee received the first bribe of 2.7 million rubles ($45.5 thousand) in February 2017. After that, the Colonel proceeded to fulfilling his part of the deal.

At first, Bespalov had been charged with a less serious article; then his case was reclassified from Extortion to Arbitrariness. At the same time, the investigators said that the colonel did not participate in this.

In May, Sysoev began to demand the next 3 million ($50.6 thousand) for his services, but the next meeting took place as late as on December 6, 2017, already under the supervision of the FSB in Moscow and the Moscow region. The transfer of money was caught on a hidden camera and referred to the investigators, who then initiated a criminal case under Swindling.

A preventive measure in the form of a written undertaking not to leave is currently elected against Sysoev.

“An internal investigation has been appointed into the matter, based on the results of which the employee will be dismissed from the internal affairs agencies for negative reasons and brought to justice in accordance with the law. In addition, his immediate superiors will be also subjected to strict disciplinary measures,” said press service head of the MIA Main Directorate in the Moscow region Tatyana Petrova.

Oddly enough, another officer of the same police department was detained today, but under completely different circumstances. The 33-year-old police Captain is accused of swindling. According to the investigation, the police officer had received 200 thousand rubles ($3.3 thousand) for non-bringing a driver to justice for violating Art. 264 of the Russian Criminal Code (Violation of Traffic Rules and Rules for Operation of Transport Vehicles). There is also an internal investigation into this incident under way. 

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