Moscow Region: businessman who received $ 392 million from IKEA convicted
The accused has yet to hear his sentences in cases of swindling and tax evasion.
Konstantin Ponomarev, the owner of Autonomous Power Supply Systems, was sentenced to eight years in prison for a knowingly false statement related to the falsification of evidence. With their help, the entrepreneur allegedly achieved a settlement agreement with IKEA and a payment of 25 billion rubles ($ 392 million), RBC reports.
Together with Ponomarev, lawyer Maxim Zagorsky was sentenced. Lyubertsy City Court sentenced him to seven years and eight months in a penal colony. Cases of attempted swindling on an especially large scale (part 3 of Article 30 and part 4 of Article 159 CCRF) and tax evasion of more than 8 billion rubles ($ 125 million) (part 2 of Article 199 CCRF) were also initiated against Ponomarev.
Ponomarev was arrested in 2017. According to the investigation, the entrepreneur, Zagorsky and other nominees filed a lawsuit against each other for defamation in order to get papers of prejudicial value that are beneficial for their businesses. Subsequently, Ponomarev used them to sue IKEA for the money for renting electric generators and terminate the case of tax evasion.