Gang of retired security officials get suspended sentence for fraud with bank guarantees

Gang of retired security officials get suspended sentence for fraud with bank guarantees
Machinators offered the company to buy Rosbank’s fake bank guarantee for 800 million rubles ($12m).

Despite the extremely mild sentence, the defense of convicts has already filed complaints against the decision of the Basmanny Court.

A group of retired security officials and entrepreneurs received a suspended sentence in a case of particularly large-scale Swindling (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, up to ten years' imprisonment) with bank guarantees. The Basmanny Court announced the incredibly mild sentence, Kommersant reports.

All persons involved in the case were detained in July 2016 after the head of the construction company TransservisS addressed the police. The company was offered to buy Rosbank’s fake bank guarantee for 800 million rubles. Traders presented themselves as employees of the control department of the Presidential Administration and top managers of Sberbank. Following the talks, the builders handed over the first tranche to the schemers - 15 million rubles, after which they were detained and then arrested.

Retired VKS officer Gennady Vorobyev presented himself as the head of the control department of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation. All meetings with potential buyers were appointed in a cafe located near the Presidential Administration. Retired officer of the VKS Vyacheslav Brazhnikov was introduced during the negotiations as a senior Sberbank employee, and if the interlocutors agreed to buy guarantees, then businessmen Dmitry Danilin, Alexander Kurochka and unemployed Alexey Chekhov joined the ex-security officers. The latter made fake bank guarantees.

The largest term - five years - for two episodes of fraud was received by director of the Voin specialized research center Dmitry Danilin. Ex-employee of the closed bureau of special technical events of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, retired colonel Valery Shakirov is sentenced to three years, ex-officers of the VKS Gennady Vorobyov and Vyacheslav Brazhnikov received four and three years suspended, respectively. Kurochka and Chekhov received even milder suspended sentences Despite the extremely mild sentence, the defense of convicts has already filed complaints against the decision of the Basmanny Court.

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