Former presenter of court show charged with swindling
The ICR Main Investigations Directorate for the Basmanny district of Moscow has charged lawyer Vladimir Reznik (Oreshnikov), former presenter of All rise for the court TV show, with swindling.
As Rosbalt reports citing a source in the law enforcement bodies, the charges under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling on an especially large scale) have been brought against the so-called "special subset".
In October 2016, a month before his arrest in Moscow airport, where he had arrived using an Israeli passport, Reznik was admitted to the bar for the third time. The news agency notes that it happened in the Chechen Republic.
According to the criminal case, Oreshnikov-Reznik received 4.6 million rubles from a businessman prosecuted for illegal banking activities, promising to achieve mitigation of the preventive measure and a suspended sentence using his connections in law enforcement agencies. However, investigation believes lawyer Reznik appropriated all of the money.
Lenta.ru notes that the lawyer and TV presenter, previously known as Vladimir Oreshnikov, has practiced law since the late 1990s, being admitted to the bar by the Moscow Region Bar Association for the first time and using a diploma allegedly issued in 1991 by the Belarusian State University (which he actually did not attend).
However, Oreshnikov has been expelled from the Moscow Region Bar Association for violation of professional ethics. In 2011, he was sentenced for swindling for two years; after his release he changed his name to Reznik and was admitted to the bar again – this time by the Tyumen Region Bar Association.
The ICR has reported on solving the murder of Ilya Pichko, who had been due to testify in the high-profile case of smuggling at the hearing on December 18. The search for the head of Yugo-Vostochnaya Torgovaya Kompaniya began after he failed to appear at the hearing scheduled for December 11.