Mob Avto's driver released

Mob Avto's driver released
Photo: Press-service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Sverdlovsk region

A judge of the Verkh-Isetsky court refused to satisfy the investigator's request to extend the detention of Shota Katamadze.

The Verkh-Isetsky Court of Yekaterinburg released Shota Katamadze, the alleged leader of the car insurance fraudsters gang, from SIZO No. 1, Ura.ru reported. Judge Rodionova refused to satisfy the motion of the investigator over the extension the Katamadze’s arrest.

According to the investigators, Katamadze was the leader of the organized crime group, consisted of fraudsters dealing with car insurance and extortion with the use of weapons. The gang members bought expensive cars, issued insurance, and then smashed them with sledgehammers to sham an accident. Investigators charged the gang of 12 fraud episodes; the damage is estimated at 10 million rubles ($159.500).

Other participants of the "auto insurance group, including son of Sverdlovsk Arbitrazh Court judge Elena Bikmukhametova Rinat and owner of the car-care center, where the bandits smashed cars Rasim Ramazanov, were detained in July 2017. Three of the seven suspects made a plea deal and were placed into house arrest.

It is reported that Katamadze was the personal driver of thief in law Avtandil Kobeshavidze (Avto). When doing time, he became his liaison person of the Urals criminals, and also, was responsible for the Georgian common fund in the Urals.

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