Interior Ministry investigators face imprisonment for cheated investors’ property impropriation
Fraudsters stole 44 apartments worth 199 million rubles ($3m).
The Tushinsky District Court of Moscow sentenced three ex-investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and five businessmen to prison terms for fraud with apartments for real estate investors deceived by Energostroykomplekt-M. The convicts appropriated 44 apartments worth 199 million rubles, the ICR press service reports.
As the court found, a criminal group, using forged documents, received real estate from the Moscow treasury and the right to dispose, proceeding false co-investors to the executive authorities. In 2012, Anzhela Amzina, the former senior investigator for priority cases of the State Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, received a bribe of 40.9 million rubles. In 2015, Amzina’s ex-investigators Evgeny Primakov, as well as some Sidoruk and Chernogorov received bribes in the total of 4.9 million rubles.
Amzina and Primakov were sentenced to 11 years in prison, Sidoruk and Chernogorov got seven and eight and a half years in a penal colony. Also, they must pay a fine of 20 million rubles, and they are prohibited from occupying administrative positions for 11 years after the release.
Suspended terms from three to four years were received by ex-investigator of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Sergey Kavun, businessmen Ilya Chizhanov and Sergey Korolev. Entrepreneur Anton Bordovsky received a term of five years and six months in a general regime colony.
Depending on their role in the criminal group, convicts are found guilty of fraud, bribery, forgery of documents and illegal storage of ammunition.
Earlier, the court sentenced entrepreneur Dmitry Dvoyny who signed a plea deal with the investigation to four years and six months in a penal colony. The criminal case against another person, Yuri Zhovtyak, was separated. The study is still ongoing.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.