Ekaterininsky bank management robs VIP clients for 1 billion roubles

Ekaterininsky bank management robs VIP clients for 1 billion roubles
Ekaterininsky bank

The criminal case under Swindling article has been investigated with reference to unidentified persons for about six months. However, by now the management and senior executives have been detained and issued a wanted notice.

The Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs decided upon the defendants in the case of embezzlements worth of billions of roubles from Ekaterininsky bank. Aleksander Bakhmatov, the bank Deputy Chairman of the Board, and Yakov Kreynin, the head of financial analysis and business planning department, were detained and arrested on suspicion of large-scale swindling. Kommersant reports that former bank president Pavel Goldman, who investigators believe to be the fraud initiator, was issued an international arrest warrant.

The criminal case under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation was initiated by the Department of Internal Affairs in Central Federal District back in the summer of 2016. Then it was investigated against unknown persons. The investigators tend to believe that bank senior executives Bakhmatov and Kreynin granted loans to nominees. Besides, they concluded fictitious bank deposit agreements with clients. They also offered special terms to VIP clients when placing lump sums.

However in fact money was not received in the counter, it was assigned. To avoid suspicions customers were paid small amounts under the pretext of deposit interests. Now victims found out that they had not even been registered as the bank clients. Relying on this scheme upper managers managed to steal about 1 billion roubles. Goldman, the ex-president of the bank, was assigned a role of the crime organizator.

The defendants do not agree with the allegations brought against them. The lawyer of Kreynin, the head of financial analysis and business planning department, thinks that charges against his client were presented on testimony of one of the victims. He claims that in fact there is no testimony against Kreynin. According to him, what Kreynin did was that on several orders of the bank president he took VIP clients to the counter where they were allegedly paid interest on deposits.   

Let us remind that in March 2016 the license of Ekaterininsky bank was revoked by the Central Bank on the ground that the financial institution conducted a high-risk lending policy associated with placing funds in low-rated assets. According to the resuts of audits, the capital case decreased to dramatic values. Later it was revealed that the bank’s obligations to depositors amounted to more than 2.1 billion roubles, including obligations to private persons and individual entrepreneurs that were over 875 million roubles. At the same time the value of the assets of Ekaterininsky bank did not exceed 729 million roubles.  

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