Couple stole $22m from VTB24 bank

Couple stole $22m from VTB24 bank
Olesya and Konstantin Cherednichenko

The family of Olesya Cherednichenko, a member of the bank, and other members of the criminal group, bought cars, real estate and ornaments for fictitious documents, and the amount of loans was then collected from 78 dummy persons.⁠

The Central District Court of Novokuznetsk began the consideration of fraud’s criminal case. The court found that the criminal group, consisting of eight local residents, committed a fraud in relation to VTB 24, damaging it by 1.3 billion rubles ($22m).

According to the press service of the regional Prosecutor's Office, 8 residents of Novokuznetsk were charged with organizing and participating in the criminal community.

According to the investigation, the organizer of the criminal community, which committed 78 frauds in the period from 2007 to 2009 by issuing multimillion-dollar loans (from 10 to 25 million rubles) was made by Olesya Cherednichenko, the former head of the Small Business Credit Department of the Novokuznetsk office of the Siberian branch of VTB24, and her husband Konstantin. In addition to Olesya Cherednichenko, there were two another bank's employees.

For the purpose of theft of funds, loan agreements were concluded with dummy persons, who were misled by members of a criminal group about the intentions and purposes of lending. The bank was provided with falsified documents on the financial activities of the company, on the availability of property provided as collateral. The defendants bought Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen expensive cars, real estate and expensive jewelry were bought on stolen $22m.

After the crime was solved, the bank sought the amount of loans received from the 78 persons who became fictitious founders and directors of legal entities.

When the criminal case was opened, Cherednichenko's spouses planned to hide abroad, but were detained in Moscow.

However, Olesya Cherednichenko, who remained free, under a written undertaking not to leave the city, disappeared, after she was declared internationally wanted. The fraudster was detained in 2015 in the Netherlands, but the issue of her extradition has not been solved yet, since Cherednichenko was detained along with her young child.

The prosecution proposes to qualify the actions of the defendants under part 1 and part 2 of Art. 210 and part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Organization of the Criminal Community and Participation in It, Swindling on an especially large scale, committed by an organized group). The leader of the OCG faces punishment in the form of 15 years in a strict regime colony, the rest of the community members - from 8 to 12 years of imprisonment depending on the role in the OCG and monetary penalties. The verdict will be announced on July 24.

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