North Ossetia: Two businessmen stole FSB and MIA's fuel worth $1.4mln

North Ossetia: Two businessmen stole FSB and MIA's fuel worth $1.4mln

The total damage from criminal activities of the heads of commercial organizations, who are also accused of embezzling funds from the North Ossetian branches of two large banks, amounted to nearly one billion rubles.

A criminal case against the two heads of commercial structures has been referred to the Leninsky District Court of Vladikavkaz for consideration on the merits; they are accused of swindling on an especially large scale. As reported on the website of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, the indictment in the criminal case of Zarema Arsagova and Azamat Khetagurov has been affirmed by Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Ivan Sydoruk.

Depending on their part in fraudulent schemes, Khetagurov and Arsagova are charged with  part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling committed by a group of persons by previous concert; by a person using its official position, on an especially large scale) and part 4 of Art. 160 (Misappropriation committed by a person using its official position, on an especially large scale).

According to the investigation, in the period from 2010 to 2015, Arsagova and Khetagurov fraudulently embezzled funds totaling over 806 million rubles (14.1 million dollars) from the North Ossetian branch of one of the major banks (the financial organization's name is not mentioned) through companies under their control. In addition, the investigators believe that from 2012 to 2016, Arsagova embezzled over 104 million rubles (1.8 million dollars) from Bank Razvitiya Regiona JSCB.

Apart from swindling, there is an article on misappropriation in Zarema Arsagova's criminal case. As a result of transferring diesel fuel to her company for storage in 2014-2015, according to the case file materials, the border control of the Federal Security Service for North Ossetia and Center for Economic and Service Support of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania FPI lost 79 million rubles (1.4 million dollars).

According to the regional media, the hearing of the high-profile criminal case is to begin in the near future.⁠

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