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.
On September 21, kingpin Vladimir Vagin, aka Vagon, hanged himself. Two years earlier another thief in law Max Pioner also committed suicide. Vagon's lawyer does not believe in the version of suicide and intends to apply for a forensic medical examination.