Police and Special Forces conduct searches in SU-155 construction company offices
A year ago nvestigators have already visited the construction company's office on charges of tax evasion. Now, the case is about deceived investors.
The office of the SU-155 construction company on the Malaya Ordynka Street is searched by the police and Special Forces. Law enforcers are interested in documents on the criminal case of embezzlement of property from the holders of the Ivanovo building cooperative, Interfax reported, citing its source.
In May 2015, the Main Investigations Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee in Moscow initiated a criminal case against the General Director of the SU-155 Closed Joint Stock Company Alexander Mescheryakov under part. 2 of Art. 199.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (a Tax Agent’s Failure to Discharge His/Her Duties on an especially large scale, punishable with a fine or by deprivation of liberty for a term up to six years). At the same time, as part of the investigation in June 2015, the economic police already conducted searches at the SU-155 head office on Malaya Ordynka, in the apartments of the Financial Director Sergey Murashko, the Chief Accountant of the construction management Elena Afanasyeva, as well as in 21 branches of SU-155 in Moscow and the Moscow Region.
Photo: CEO of SU-155 CJSC Alexander Mescheryakov
Meshcheryakov then repaid the debt before the budget, and the Main Investigative Directorate in Moscow ceased criminal prosecution. However, a new criminal case was opened in March 2016. According to investigators, the largest construction firm not only evaded taxes totaling more than 1 billion rubles, but also did not provide its employees with wages, vacation pays and payments on sick leave.
In April 2016 the Moscow Arbitration Court declared the SU-155 group of companies bankrupt at the request of the Bank of Moscow, which demanded 1.237 billion rubles from the construction company in the form of debt. The holding has a commitment to 27 thousand shareholders. The total funding of the unfinished buildings is estimated at 39 billion rubles, according to special administration.
The SU-155 group of companies is one of Russian largest construction holdings, which includes more than 80 industrial enterprises and construction companies.
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