Black bankers’ OCC from Moscow region emerged on market
In the latest version of charge, the financial activity volume of Renat Sabitov’s cashiers OCC has decreased several times.
The Moscow region police have completed an investigation into the case of the cashiers’ OCC, headed by Renat Sabitov, general director of Stroytorg LLC. However, in the latest version of the charge, the volume of gang members’ financial activity has decreased by about 600 million rubles (10.6 million dollars), and their income did not exceed 14 million rubles (249 thousand dollars). This is reported by Kommersant.
Members of Sabitov’s OCC were detained in late 2015 by joint forces of the Moscow region MIA administration and special forces. The suspects were charged under Art. 210 (Creation of a Criminal Community) and Art. 172 (Illegal Banking Activity) of the Russian Criminal Code. According to the police officers, the largest OCC of ‘black bankers’ in the region was eliminated.
According to the investigation, Renat Sabitov used to be the organizer of criminal schemes. He also recruited new members to his gang. Several fly-by-night companies were created for the implementation of financial transactions. OCC members Aleksandr Kunets, Konstantin Ramzin, and Dmitry Papin would look for clients who needed cash. These clients would transfer money to the accounts of the aforementioned companies, receiving cash back. According to the investigators’ initial data, the gang members managed to cash out about 1.8 billion rubles (32 million dollars), receiving at least 56.7 million rubles (101 thousand dollars) for their work. However, in the course of further investigation, the amount of funds received by the OCC was reduced several times. Under the updated data, gang members received only 1% of the ‘laundered’ money, which amounted to as little as 14 million rubles (249 thousand dollars).
According to lawyer Boris Sokalsky, representing the interests of OCC member Ramzin, the law enforcers seized slightly more than 13 million rubles (231 thousand dollars) during searches; it is likely that this money was recorded as the 'criminal income’. In Sokalsky's words, the members of 'the largest OCC of the Moscow region' were merchants from markets, who would cash out small amounts for the purchase of goods. The detainees’ lawyers hope that this case will collapse during the trial.
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