FSB fixer who cheated on Pomosch insurance company got sentence
Ex-FSB officer Alexey Martyushin asked 600 thousand dollars for help in resolving the problems of the insurance company, but appropriated all the money to himself.
The sentence of former FSB officer Alexey Martyushin, who for a large sum, promised to rid the administration of Pomosch insurance company from problems with law enforcement agencies, entered into effect. The court prescribed him six years' imprisonment with a fine of 600 thousand rubles ($10.1 thousand) for swindling on an especially large scale, according to Kommersant.
Investigative actions and operational checks by the FSB concerning insurance company Pomosch have been conducted since 2014. In addition, the second department of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee in St. Petersburg opened a criminal case under Art. 201 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of Authority). It concerned dubious contracts between the company and the Moscow Regional Road Center. In 2014, Pomosch CEO Alexander Loktaev appealed to the mediators with a request to help resolve the situation and found former security officers Dmitry Ignatiev and Alexey Sorokin. They turned to their old friend Alexey Martyushin, who said that investigators of the 2nd division of the Economic Security Service (SEB) of the Moscow FSB office were participating in the audit of Pomosch. Martyushin said he was ready to provide assistance for 600 thousand dollars, which must be transferred to the head of the department. However, it was established in court that the special services officer was not originally going to communicate with his colleagues from the SEB, and decided to appropriate all the money to himself. Another $200.000 were added to the amount of the alleged bribe, which the intermediaries took for their services.
The bulk of the money was given to Martyushin on April 30, 2014, during a meeting at Shatyor Cafe on Chistoprudny Boulevard. All the money, as the court found it, he converted to his own use.
In November 2014, Pomosch CEO Alexander Loktaev, who considered himself deceived, turned to the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Central Administrative District of Moscow with a statement about the crime. Later, at the beginning of 2015, operatives of the FSB Internal Security Directorate joined the investigation. Soon, both the mediators and Alexey Martyushin himself were detained. Ignatiev and Sorokin were convicted under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Mediation in Bribery on an especially large scale) in a special order, as they fully admitted their guilt. They were sentenced to 3 and 4 years in a strict-regime penal colony and a fine five times as mush as the bribe – more than 107 million rubles ($1.8 m).
Alexey Martyushin insisted on his complete innocence. He argued that the two intermediaries who went to the deal simply slandered him, giving false testimony. And the money was initially transferred to the responsible officer of the SEB and a certain head of one of the services of the Moscow FSB, who "by virtue of his official position oversees all law enforcement agencies in the metropolitan region".
As a result, the Moscow garrison court found Martyushin guilty of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code), sentenced him to 6 years of general regime, a fine of 600 thousand rubles ($10.1 thousand) and deprivation of the right to hold office in the civil service for two years. In addition, the claim of the victim – the CEO of Pomosch – for 21.465 million rubles ($362.9 thousand) was satisfied.
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