Court sends deputy dean of Mosow State University’s law faculty in the case of fraud

Court sends deputy dean of Mosow State University’s law faculty in the case of fraud
Vladimir Stepanov-Egiants

The court also chose a pre-trial restriction for his alleged accomplices.

The Tverskoy Court of Moscow sanctioned the arrest of deputy head of the Faculty of Law of the Moscow State University Vladimir Stepanov-Egiants, RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the courtroom.

“The investigator's petition is granted, a pre-trial restriction in the form of custody is chosen,” Judge Dmitry Gordeyev announced.

The term of custody established by court is until September 7. The defence of the person of interest said that he would appeal against the decision on custody.

According to the court, Stepanov-Egiants is charged under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (fraud on an especially large scale).

The court also elected a pre-trial restriction against the alleged accomplices – one of them was arrested, and Olga Vasilyeva, who admitted her guilt at the confrontation, is under house arrest.

According to the investigation, the suspect, together with the identified and unidentified persons, “deceiving by using a fake passport” withdrew the victim from the managers  of company Avtofinans and “seized the property of this company.” According to the testimony of the former CEO, he was removed from the management without his knowledge, after which his car was stolen from the parking lot and from the office – a safe with money. The damage exceeded 39 million rubles ($621000).

The fraud was pulled off by using a fake passport of this top manager, the investigation believes. The idea to use the forged document, by her own admission, was put forward by another person of interest in the case – a certain Olga Vasilyeva, follows from the materials of the criminal case.

Stepanov-Egiants himself does not consider himself a fraud. According to him, his only fault was that he got acquainted with Olga Vasilyeva but allegedly did not know that the lady was a swindler. The role of Stepanov-Egiants in the fraud is not known but according to the investigator's statement, he apparently made the fake passport.

Stepanov-Egiants has the “opportunity to forge passports,” and “if he is not arrested, he will make documents with any data and leave Russia,” the investigator said in court, expressing his concern that the deputy dean of the law faculty “will use extensive legal knowledge to impede the investigation” if it is not confined in a pre-trial detention facility.

As it is stated on the website of the Faculty of Law of Moscow State University, Vladimir Stepanov-Egiants has a Ph.D. in Law and works as an acting the head of the department of criminal law and criminology, as well as the assistant vice-rector of the university. He is also an author of numerous publications related to computer crime and money laundering. He faces up to ten years in prison.

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