Former Federal Customs Service General sentenced to 5 years in prison for swindling
The former customs officer was found guilty of swindling in the amount of 125 million rubles.
The Tverskoy Court of Moscow issued a guilty verdict in the case of the former Lieutenant-General of the Federal Customs Service (FCS) Alexey Shashaev. The senior customs officer, accused of swindling in the amount of 125 million rubles, was sentenced to 5 years in prison and a fine of 500 thousand rubles.
Other defendants in the case have also received various sentences. Colonel of the Customs Service Elena Soboleva will also spend 5 years in prison and pay a fine of 500 thousand rubles. Businessmen Igor Beregovsky and Vyacheslav Lysakov received 7 and 3 years with a fine of 700 thousand and 300 thousand rubles, respectively.
All the defendants were found guilty in varying degrees according to the following articles of the Criminal Code: part 3 of Art. 285 (Abuse of Official Powers), part 3 of Art. 286 (Exceeding Official Powers), and part 4 of Art. 159 (Swindling committed by an organized group or on an especially large scale).
Shashaev and Soboleva denied their guilt, while Lysakov pleaded guilty as charged.
The investigation proved that the high-ranking customs officials helped Lysakov’s company win at the auction for the supply of non-exclusive right to use the software for the operation of the company's software products. Part of the money was distributed among all participants of the scheme. The state lost 125.8 million rubles.
Recently, the defense of the former General stated that they would appeal the verdict.
Larisa Markus, ex-President of failed Foreign Economic Industrial Bank (Vneshprombank) made a deal with the investigation and named her brother Georgy Bedzhamov the mastermind behind the embezzlements and siphoning off funds from the bank. Was there an arrangement between the relatives–bankers on who shall demonstratively go to jail and who shall take the blame for all the crimes and abscond abroad with stolen billions of rubles? Vneshprombank co-owner Georgy Bedzhamov is currently beyond the reach of law enforcement structures and creditors. Perhaps, it is now time for everybody to forget about the fugitive banker? Especially taking that, according to The CrimeRussia sources, some persons are interested in ruining the case against Bedzhamov.