Drug Control cops convicted of attempt to con Sberbank out of $17m

Drug Control cops convicted of attempt to con Sberbank out of $17m
Detaining the criminals (police footage screenshot)

Murmansk court sentenced the accused for an attempt to cash fake bills.

The court has convicted Alexey Belyaev and Sergei Olkhovoi, the former employees of the Federal Drug Control Service. They were found guilty of Attempted Swindling (part 3 of Art. 30; part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) and sentenced to three years in a strict regime colony, according to Kommersant.

Another of their accomplices did not live to see the trial, and the case against the other one was severed from other charges due to his grave illness.

In March 2015, FSB detained four people in Murmansk for an attempt to cash counterfeit bills in Sberbank. On investigation it was found out that the scheme had been masterminded by Moscow entrepreneur Alexander Podorov, who figured that a small city bank would be less vigilant than a bank in the capital. He involved Vladimir Anoprienko, a local businessman, and two former Drug Control policemen, one of whom, incidentally, had a previous experience of working with Sberbank before joining the police.

The criminals presented ten fake bills for 1 billion rubles ($17m), some of which seemingly being from Kemerovo gravel production plants and others from a dairy plant. Their lack of awareness of the full range of the bank’s financial services gave the game away: they put the Moscow Sberbank seals on the bills, while it does not actually give its securities to the abovementioned organizations.

In the case of success, Podorov was going to get 700 million rubles, the Drug Control policemen would get 130 million rubles, and Anoprienko would have the rest. But it so happened that Podorov did not even live long enough to show in court: the businessman died from an oncological disease on October 30. The criminal case against him was terminated. Vladimir Anoprienko was also diagnosed with some serious health issues and therefore will be judged separately.

It is noteworthy that the prosecution asked for 2 ½ years in jail to the former Drug Control policemen, but the court turned out to be more severe.

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