MIA completes Investigation into case of ex-FSB officer from Voronenkov case
Andrei Garshin, a former FSB officer, promised to cash and send 22 million rubles ($345.146) to China, but ended up keeping the money.
The former FSB officer Andrei Garshin was indicted under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (swindling on a large scale). Central Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow has completed the investigation. After the suspect will have read the indictment file, the materials will be transferred to the prosecutor's office, and then to the court, said Rosbalt.
In August 2018, the Moscow City Court arrested two former employees of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, Andrei Garshin and Igor Malyshev, who are suspected of fraudulent cashing of 22 million rubles. According to Rosbalt, a Chinese citizen from Moscow turned to law enforcement agencies. Back in 2016, he wanted to transfer 22 million rubles to Hong Kong and looked for "experts" who could do it with minimal losses. His friends said he could rely on certain men engaged in cashing and sending money abroad. The men turned out to be ex-FSB officers, Andrei Garshin and Igor Malyshev.
Having received the money from the Chinese man, the “experts” handed him a confirmation that the money were converted into a different currency and transferred via SWIFT, but no money came into the account the man had given. He tried to find out what had happened to the money, but the ex-officers only said there could have been some technical delays, given that the operation was illegal. After a long waiting time, the businessman turned to law enforcement agencies, where they examined the documents and found out that the bills were fake. The Moscow MIA opened a criminal case under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (swindling on a large scale).
Then it turned out that Garshin had already been involved as a witness in the case of a raider seizure of a building on Moscow’s Internatsionalnaya Street owned by businessman Otari Kobakhidze. Garshin’s former coworker and friend, Sergei Shishkov, was named in that case and the former State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov was the key defendant. Having lost his immunity, the deputy fled to Kiev, thereby making his persecution seem political. But he was soon shot dead in the heart of the city. The ex-FSB officer Sergei Shishakov, Garshin’s former coworker and friend, was another defendant in that case.
Garshin is also suspected of a promissory note fraud. In 2016, a Moscow-based company Sirius received 43.9-million-rubles’ worth promissory notes as payment for its products from Sberbank. To cash out the securities, the businessmen turned to Garshin. He took the bills and a prepay for his services in the amount of 1.5 million rubles and disappeared. At first, he talked about technical issues, too, and then just stopped returning their calls. After the victims came to the law enforcement agencies, Garshin was detained, but he managed to avoid jail. It is not reported whether Igor Malyshev is still under investigation.
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