Former Vice-President of National Bank of Moldova was detained for laundering money from Russia
New figurants have appeared in the “cashiers” case, who were mentioned by the CrimeRussia previously, in November 2015. Top management of the Moldovan National Bank are involved in cashing of more than $20 billion.
The former Vice-President of the National Bank of Moldova (NBM) Emma Tebyrce was detained within the framework of the case on laundering more than $20 billion. According to investigation, the money came from Russia in transit through Moldovan banks, as reported by Interfax referring to the Head of the Prosecutor's Office on fighting corruption Viorel Morarya.
Along with Tebyrce, her subordinates were detained as well: the Head of the Department on Banking Supervision and Regulation of the National Bank and the Director of the Regulation and Licensing Department Vladimir Tcurkan.
All of them can face up to 6 years of imprisonment under the Article Improper performance of professional duties, resulting in grave consequences.
To remind: on July 27, businessman Vyacheslav Platon was detained in Ukraine, who was called raider №1 in the CIS in Moldova. He is connected to the case on laundering of $1 billion.
In November 2015, the CrimeRussia revealed a scheme, which pointed on Platon and Tebyrce being connected with each other through Moldavian Bank de Economii and Moldindconbank. Former deputy of the Moldovan Parliament Vyacheslav Platon controlled the Moldindconbank, being its majority shareholder, while Tebyrce managed the banks.
There is another figurant in the case - the major Moldovan politician and businessman Vladimir Plahotnuk.
In 2008, it became impossible to cash large sums in Russia because of fiscal tightening by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. So, Russian scammers started to implement their gray schemes in Moldova. Plahotnuk performed as a cover for them, as the gray cardinal could influence on power structures in Moldova in the mid-2000s.
According to the former Deputy Head of the Office for Preventing and Combating Money Laundering of the National Anticorruption Center Mikhail Gofman, Moldova became an offshore, through which billions of dollars were shifted. The businessman Vladimir Plahotnuk and Vyacheslav Platon turned the situation to advantage, as well as some influential persons from Russia included in the well-known Magnitsky list.
The scheme of the Russian-Moldovan laundry was simple. A Russian firm, opened an account in the Moldinconbank. Then a local company appeared, wishing to collect the alleged debt from the Russian company. In order to do this, it filed a lawsuit in the Moldovan Court. Moldovan citizen was used as an additional applicant (fraudsters usually attracted different anti-social elements, the main requirement to them was having a passport). It was necessary to ensure that the case was considered in Moldova. Moreover, judges were key figures in the scheme,as they made decisions with violations.
It is worth noting that the Moldinconbank has previously appeared in the case of the famous Russian cashier Aleksander Grigoriev. In 2012-2014, his Russky Zemelny Bank (the Russian Land Bank) was one of the leading banks participating in suspicious transactions with the Moldindconbank. About $ 4.5 billion were transited through the bank. In October 2015, Grigoriev was detained by Russian police, yet under another case - withdrawal of funds from the Doninvest bank.
Preliminary hearings of the case pertaining to embezzlements committed during the construction of notorious Zenit Arena haven’t commenced yet – but the trial of Marat Oganesyan already ceased to be monotonous. The former Deputy Head of the St. Petersburg Municipal Administration has directly hinted at the involvement of his successor – current Vice Governor Albin – in the embezzlement of billions of rubles.