Convicted ex-head of Vneshprombank arrested as part of new case

Convicted ex-head of Vneshprombank arrested as part of new case
Larisa Markus

The court has placed Larisa Markus in a pre-trial detention center until March 24 on charges of Misappropriation on an Especially Large Scale.

The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow has arrested ex-President of Vneshprombank Larisa Markus, who had been previously sentenced to 8.5 years’ colony, until March 24 as part of a new case of Misappropriation on an Especially Large Scale (part 4 of Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code). The defendant is charged with the issuance of knowingly bad loans, for which she faces up to 10 years in prison, RIA Novosti reports.

In May 2017, the Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow found Markus guilty of embezzling 113.5 billion rubles ($1.72 million), and her former deputy Ekaterina Glushakova was found guilty as her accomplice and sentenced to four years' imprisonment. The defendants pleaded guilty. In 2009 to 2015, they debited the accounts of a number of Vneshprombank depositors and issued loans to 286 fake organizations.

According to the investigation, the third accomplice was Markus’s brother, Georgy Bedzhamov, was was put on the international wanted list.

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