Female gang of ‘black realtors’ busted in the Sverdlovsk Region
Two out of the seven women already have a criminal record in relation to real estate fraud.
Press service of the Russian Ministry of Interior Affairs (MIA) General Administration for the Sverdlovsk Region reports that officers of the organized crime unit of the Regional General Administration of MIA have busted a group of 7 women, aged 23-43, suspected of numerous real estate frauds. All of them are charged based on parts 3 and 4 of Article 159 of the Russian Criminal Code: Fraud by an organized group at especially large scale.
The investigation believes that the suspect females are true ‘black realtors’ who illegally acquired rights on several real properties in the Sverdlovsk Region. They illegally appropriated apartments on Trubnikov street in Pervouralsk and on Kuybishev street in Ekaterinburg, a private home in Bilimbay township of the Sverdlovsk Region, and others. The exact damages from their actions are being currently examined, but the investigation estimates the total amount to be at least 2.5 million rubles.
Two women of the ‘black realtors’ criminal group already have a criminal record for similar offences. Three group members are currently detained in pretrial detention center, one is at home with undertaking not to leave, and three others are obliged to attend the investigator for questioning upon first request.
Currently the regional law enforcement officers are checking the suspects for involvement into other crimes related to purchases and sales of real property.
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