Thief in law Vovchik Syra arrested on suspicion of $436.5k embezzlement
A 'suspended' (i.e. decrowned) thief in law Ilyas Sarkiev aka Vovchik Syra has been arrested in Moscow. The court has sent the 72-year-old thief in law in a pre-trial detention center at the request of the Investigative Committee. In addition, the investigation also involves the FSB.
As reported by RIA Novosti, a criminal case under Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling committed by an organized group or on an especially large scale) has been initiated against him, envisioning up to 10 years of imprisonment.
According to the investigation, in the period from October 2013 to July 2016, the suspect fraudulently received over 25 million dollars ($436.5 thousand) from his friend, promising to transfer them later to pay the debt. However, as a source in the ICR told the agency, Sarkiev had no intention to transfer the money, appropriating it and disposing at his discretion instead.
Ilyas Sarkiev had been previously convicted three times for robbery and banditry. He received his first sentence (10 years) in 1971 in Ashkhabad. He was last convicted in 2009 by the Domodedovsky City Court of the Moscow region. According to some sources, Sarkiev’s thief powers are currently suspended.
In early November 2017, Basmanny Court of Moscow has satisfied the motion brought by the Main Investigations Directorate in the City of Moscow of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) and remanded Aleksander Shukyurov, Director of the Capital Renovation Directorate State Budgetary Institution of Moscow, in custody. The head of the institution subordinate to the Department of Capital Renovation of the City of Moscow that had acted as the client in tenders worth dozens of billions of rubles is suspected of swindling on an especially large scale.