Сourt sentences Nota Bank fortuneteller
Arkady Rotenberg's company is listed among the victims.
The Ostankinsky District Court of Moscow sentenced fortuneteller Nona Mihai to 3.5 years in a general regime colony and a fine of 800 thousand rubles for organizing a criminal scheme for embezzling 350 million rubles from Pharmster. The defendant pleaded guilty. The defense pointed to Mihai, her incompetence in the sphere of finance and business, RBC reports.
According to investigators, Mihai "gave bankers advice and instructions at every stage of the execution of criminal intent." The investigators named financial director of Nota Bank Galina Marchukova and her sister Larisa as the direct abductors. They allegedly agreed to issue a loan to Pharmster on the condition that the company would buy medical equipment from a one-day firm Elite Project controlled by bankers. Pharmster paid the money but did not get the gear.
In the case of Nota Bank, former bank chairman Dmitry Yerokhin, his brother and former deputy Vadim Yerokhin were convicted. They received 8.5 and six years and fines of 2 million and 800 thousand rubles, respectively.
Dmitry Yerokhin was convicted of fraud in the 1.5 billion rubles, which the company of Arkady Rotenberg lost – Mostotrest subsidiary. In 2015, the company wanted to get a bank guarantee of 2.5 billion rubles in Nota Bank for the conclusion of a state contract for the reconstruction of the airport in Khabarovsk. Yerokhin allegedly persuaded to deposit 1.5 billion rubles, although he understood that the bank would not be able to fulfill its obligations due to massive debts. Soon, the Central Bank revoked the Nota Banklicense, and later the court declared the credit institution bankrupt.
Shortly before the interim administration was introduced at the bank, Dmitry Yerokhin issued a loan to his brother Vadim, who pledged his stake in Nota Bank as security. As the investigation established, the shares were worthless. The brothers were found guilty of embezzling 321 million rubles.
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