Singer Arei Balevsky jailed for 3 years for attempted $2-million fraud

Singer Arei Balevsky jailed for 3 years for attempted $2-million fraud
Arei Balevsky

Balevsky tried to get money from businessmen promising to resolve their arbitration dispute with the FAS.

The Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow sentenced singer Arei Balevsky to three years in prison, finding him guilty of an attempt to fraudulently steal $2 million, Kommersant reports. Balevsky tried to get money from businessmen promising to resolve their arbitration dispute with the FAS.

It took the judge several days to consider the case of the 42-year-old singer accused of attempting to commit a particularly large fraud (Art. 30, part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Balevsky pleaded guilty. According to the man, he did mean to make some money when he said he would help the businessmen, although he also wanted to help them. The prosecutor's office asked for five years in a general regime colony. Balevsky noted that he did not harm anyone.

The singer was detained in September 2018 during a meeting with representatives of energy businessmen from the North Caucasus, who were supposed to give him about $2 million. The money was to be given to the FAS to make a decision in favor of the company owned by said businessmen who had been in litigation with the FAS for years, claiming that they had lost about 220 million rubles due to their unauthorized decisions.

Balevsky offered his help in getting the money back. After the arrest, he pleaded guilty almost right away, but insisted that he acted alone and FAS officials had nothing to do with it. Nevertheless, the department took measures seizing documentation and questioning employees, including the leaders.

The singer stayed in jail for about a year. In accordance with the law, he will be given credit for that period with one day in remand prison equaled to one and a half days in the colony. Thus, the singer may expect parole soon enough.

Balevsky is reportedly being checked for involvement in other counts of fraud. In particular, the theft of 16 million rubles from a Moscow businessman, whose son became another one of his victims when the singer allegedly promised him to help avoid criminal prosecution.

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