Case against former co-owner of Vneshprombank is rendered lawful

Case against former co-owner of Vneshprombank is rendered lawful
Georgy Bedzhamov can face up to 10 years in prison

The former co-owner of bankrupt Vneshprombank Georgy Bedzhamov is still accused of Swindling.

The Moscow City Court dismissed the defence‘s appeal of Bedzhamov, who is accused of Swindling on a large scale (Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code). Thus, according to Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI), the Court rendered lawful the opening of proceedings against the former co-owner of Vneshprombank Georgy Bedzhamov.

Another defendant in the case is his sister, the president and co-owner of Vneshprombank Larisa Marcus. According to investigators, in 2013 Marcus, Bedzhamov as well as the Director of the Vneshprombank's Department of credit and deposit operations Catherine Glushakova set up an organized crime group for the purpose of personal enrichment. In the course of Central Bank’s of the Russian Federation inspections it was discovered a gape in the amount of 210 billion rubles. According to the Central Bank, the administrative authority of the loan company conducted large-scale operations for the dissipating of assets. Vneshprombank’s owners gave loans to dummy firms, not intending to redeem money to the bank. Behind dummy companies top managers were behind. For example, Bedzhanov, according to investigators, received 3.3 billion rubles, and Larisa Marcus - 1 billion rubles.

The Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs opened a criminal case into a Swindling. In December 2015 the police arrested the president Larisa Marcus. In January 2016 the Central Bank revoked a Vneshprombank’s license. In March 2016 the Moscow City Arbitration Court declared Vneshprombank a bankrupt.

George Bedzhamov escaped in Monaco. In April 2016 he had been arrested at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Officeof the Russian Federation, but he was later released on bail. Russia is still expected a criminal extradition. Defendants can face up to 10 years in prison. In addition, they may be further incriminated Legalisation (Laundering) of Funds (Art. 174 of the Criminal Code). As previously wrote The CrimeRussia, it was found documents on expensive real estate, large money holdings, including one in foreign currency.

Among Vneshprombank clients were high-ranking officials and large companies. According to RBK, among private depositors, who got ripped off in Vneshprombank, were the Deputy Speaker Alexander Zhukov, TV host Svetlana Sorokina, wife of Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. Marcus told that good relations, which she had struck up in the USSR Ministry of Marine, assisted her to solicit VIP customers. 

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