Perm official stole 2.5 billion rubles of utility payments and hid from investigation in Cyprus
On July 7 the Leningrad District Court of Perm issued a warrant in absentia for the arrest of the former Deputy Head of the collection of housing and public utilities of Perm administration Alexander Morozov. He is accused of fraud. According to investigators, Morozov headed a gang that stole 26.8 million rubles. Since then, the official has been a wanted fugitive. When the warrant was issued, he promised to return, but has not.Perm’s Investigative Office of its General Investigative Administration of the General Administration of Internal Affairs reported that Morozov has gone to ground in Cyprus.
According to investigators, Alexander Morozov was leader of a gang that from March 2012 to March 2013 stole utility payments of the residents of apartment buildings.
Svetlana Streltsova, a legal representative of one of the victims, Permskay Setevaya Companiya (Perm Network Company) limited liability company, said that the criminal case over the theft of 26.8 million is only the first of eight cases. The total damages exceed 2.5 bln. rubles.
The first warrant of arrest in absentia, issued on June 10 was canceled, and the petition was returned for review. Evidence of new employment with Ecotech Limited liability company was submitted, confirming that Morozov is on a business trip and air travel had been booked for travel from Moscow to Perm on 28 June 2016.
Investigators found, however, that all the evidences were forged. Ecotech company management has confirmed that this employee has never worked for it.
Prosecutor Andrei Baluev supported the investigators' request for the arrest of the fugitive official. According to Baluev, this measure is necessary because Morozov intimidates witnesses.
Bryazgunov, counsel for the accused, objected to this preventive measure, but judge Natalya Malysheva sided with the prosecutor and ordered the arrest of Morozov upon his detention.
Police officers took Kristina Morozova to a police station to check her identity, where she ended up getting a closed craniocerebral injury, minor cerebral contusion, fissure fracture of her cheekbone, fracture of her left sphenoid bone, and large leg bruise.
Viktor Trutnev, ex-Head of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department, has finished his career ‘in style’ – he went to jail. The Moscow Garrison Military Court has recently detained the retired general for the duration of the investigation. The former police commander is accused of mediation in bribery and bribe extortion. Trutnev was turned in by his former accomplices – FSB officers trying to extort 3 million rubles ($52.3 thousand) from the Director of Snegirev Research Technological Institute in exchange for covering up violations identified at the enterprise.