Bank in apartment: gang of cashiers siphoned off $14.1m

Bank in apartment: gang of cashiers siphoned off $14.1m
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southern Regional Bank Vladimir Kovrigin Photo: Kommersant

In Moscow on suspicion of illegal banking activities, 11 people were detained, including chairman of the Southern Regional Bank board of directors (URB) Vladimir Kovrigin⁠.

Employees of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption identified a criminal group engaged in illegal cash and withdrawing money abroad. Criminals acted immediately in three cities of Russia - Moscow, St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don. The turnover reached more than 800 million rubles ($14.1m), and cashiers themselves earned at least 100 million rubles ($1.7m) each. Kommersant writes this.

In the framework of the criminal case under part 2 of Art. 172 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Illegal Banking Activities), the Tverskoy Court of Moscow placed 8 out of 11 detainees under house arrest. Some of them have already begun to cooperate with the investigation.

According to the investigation, the head of the group was chairman of the board of directors and the actual owner (the beneficiary of the credit organization, according to the publication, is his mother Tatyana Anisimova), 51-year-old Vladimir Kovrigin. Together with him was detained deputy manager of the Moscow branch Yulia Malyakshina.

Right in the apartments, the criminals organized operating cash desks, where various organizations, including those engaged in foreign economic activities (more than 400 companies), provided services to withdraw money to offshore. For conspiracy, the names of firms in the records did not appear, and each of them had a certain code. In addition, cashiers used one-day firms, as well as quite legal structures, which, however, also did not conduct any commercial activity, but paid taxes.

During the searches in these apartments and in the places of defendants’ residence, computers and laptops, mobile phones, electronic means of remote control of bank accounts, more than 200 seals of legal entities and other documents were seized.

For their services, black bankers took 10-11% of the amount, which was necessary to blackcash. According to law enforcement agencies, organizations that worked under state contracts could cash their funds there. Now this information is being checked.

Kovrigin's official place of work, the Southern Regional Bank, is engaged in servicing and lending to corporate clients (mainly trading enterprises), operations in the interbank market. The basic means of financing activities are the own funds of a credit institution.

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