High-ranking investigator admits bribe-taking from BFG-Kredit co-owner
Alexander Sorokin was charged with taking an illegal reward of $50 thousand dollars.
Detained on charges of bribe-taking, Alexander Sorokin, the former senior investigator of particularly important cases of the Investigative Committee, pleaded guilty, Kommersant reports. According to the investigation, Sorokin, who investigated the embezzlement of BFG-Kredit funds, received $50.000 from the bank’s co-owner for changing her status from a witness to the victim.
Earlier, Sorokin investigated the case of withdrawal of 2.3 billion rubles ($39 mln) from BFG-Kredit just before the license was revoked. Presumably, the money was withdrawn from the credit organization by providing predeterminedly irretrievable loans to shell companies. Former chairman of the BFG-Kredit board Pavel Doynov is accused of embezzlement and is on the federal wanted list.
One of the witnesses in the case is former owner of 19.5% shares of the bank Tamara Khoroshilova. She claims that $44 million belonging to her were stolen from the bank. Perhaps, the client of the bank tried to achieve a change in the procedural status in this regard. Investigators believe that she communicated with Sorokin through her lawyer Vadim Myshlyavkin. The lawyer recorded all his meetings with Myshlyavkin on tape, which subsequently served as the ground of the criminal case. The investigator did not give a positive response for a long time, but in December reported that he was ready to do what was required for 100 thousand dollars. Khoroshilova could not find the needed sum, eventually decided that she was a victim of deception, and then appealed to the FSB. All further negotiations with Sorokin were under the control of employees of special forces. For the special operation Khoroshilova provided personal 20 thousand dollars, which were put along with phony cash and passed to Sorokin. As a result, investigator Sorokin was detained red-handed by FSB operatives while receiving money. A criminal case under Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (bribe-taking) was brought against him.
At the moment the lawyer of the detainee does not give any comments, referring to the signed documents on non-disclosure. Sorokin’s colleagues from the Investigation Committee also do not say anything about progress of the procedure.
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