Ex-banker Mazmanyan arrested within case over embezzlement of Spetsstroy's funds

Ex-banker Mazmanyan arrested within case over embezzlement of Spetsstroy's funds

The businessman was one of the co-owners of Stroyservisgroup LLC, which was the subcontractor of the Ministry of Defense for several years.

In Moscow, the former member of the Kreditbank board of directors, now businessman Ruben Mazmanyan, was arrested. He is considered as unemployed, Kommersant notes. Mazmanyan, according to investigators, was one of the co-owners of Stroyservisgroup, which was the subcontractor of the Ministry of Defense's corporation, FSUE Spetsstroyengineering, for several years.

Money was stolen "under the guise of the fulfillment of" works to equip the educational base of the 106th Guards Airborne Division located in Tula. The subcontract worth 457.8 million rubles ($6.8m) was concluded in December 2012. All works were to be completed by December 2015. Representatives of FSUE were aggrieved with the implementation of the agreement. Spetsstroyengineering demanded the payment of penalties in the amount of 294.3 million rubles out of the failure to complete the work on time through the court, and then the representatives of the company appealed to the law enforcement agencies.

On June 14, 2017, the Moscow police initiated criminal proceedings under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling on an especially large scale). In March 2018 the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow arrested director general of the construction company Stanislav Averbakh and co-owner of Stroyservisgroup Mikhail Marangozyan. On the eve of the trial, the court authorized the detention of Ruben Mazmanyan and placed the third co-owner of the subcontractor, Artur Atanyan, under house arrest. The damage exceeded 450 million rubles.

At the same time, Ruben Mazmanyan was once checked on involvement in the theft of 1.3 billion rubles from Kreditbank. As a result, the investigation was ceased out of the corpus delicti. Last week, former shareholder of Kreditbank Anton Surovtsev and ex-head of the credit department Marina Salugina were sentenced to seven years' imprisonment. The remaining accomplices that participated in the withdrawal of the bank's funds by issuing loans were sentenced to 4.5 to 6 years' imprisonment. The alleged organizer of the fraud, main shareholder of the bank's credit institution Eduard Chilingarov, is wanted.

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