Family contract. Former judge of arbitration court to take responsibility for Tsapok land property scam

Family contract. Former judge of arbitration court to take responsibility for Tsapok land property scam
Former judge Svetlana Martynova

Criminal case against Ivan Kolesnik is tied with the crime committed by his daughter sentenced for 7 years in jail for swindling.

Criminal case against a 71-year-old citizen of a settlement of Kushchevskaya Ivan Kolesnik has been forwarded to Rostov-on-Don’s Leninsky district court. Kolesnik is accused of swindling related to large land properties owned by Sergey Tsapok’s organized crime group, reports Kommersant.

The criminal case against Ivan Kolesnik is tied with the crime committed by his daughter - a former judge Svetlana Martynova - who is sentenced for 7 years in jail for swindling, as well as a 40 million rubles ($582 thousand) fine she has to pay to the victims.

The investigation theory is that Kolesnik was in collusion with his daughter and promised to hand over 13 thousand hectares of land properties in a settlement of Kushchevskaya once owned by a family of Sergey Tsapok to the owners of Pokrovsky corporate group Arkady Chebanov and Andrey Korovayko. Martynova received money from them, however registered the land property in the name of her relatives. The investigators found out that Kolesnik repeatedly received money from the victims and was to help them get the land property.

Kolesnik states he has never known the victim and does not plead guilty. “I’d been working in the land for 53 years and never deceived people. This was all faked to take away the land. I’ve never seen no money,” Kolesnik told Kommersant over the phone.

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