Saratov Anti-Corruption Department officers stole $15.5 thousand from friends under pretext of closing their case
A security officer took money from friends against whom a criminal case was opened on fraud and participation in a criminal community.
A Saratov officer with the Department for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption of the city police MIA stole a million rubles ($15.5 thousand) from his friends under the pretext of handing over a bribe to the head, the press service of the ICR for the Saratov region reports. A criminal case on the fact of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) has been filed.
According to the investigation, in the spring of 2014, the suspect did an internship in the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Saratov. He learned that a criminal case was initiated against two of his acquaintances on participation in a crime group and fraud on an especially large scale. Then the intern promised his friends that they would not be held accountable if they handed over more than a million rubles ($15.5 thousand) to the Head of the Department. He proposed to become an intermediary in the transfer of money in the amount of 105,000 rubles ($1.6 thousand). The friends believed him and gave all their money, but the intern left himself all the money. Later, the defendants in the case were detained, convicted and sent to a colony.
In the colony, one of the victims spoke about the actions of the police officer, who by that moment had become an operative. The convict wrote a statement against him about the theft of money through fraud. Investigators of the ICR and officers of the FSB of Russia for the Saratov region together with the operations and search division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the region carried out an inspection, during which the fact of fraud was confirmed.
Currently, an issue of electing a preventive measure against the police officer is being considered. If his guilt is proved, he will be dismissed from the police and punished in accordance with the current legislation, and his leadership will be brought to disciplinary responsibility.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.