Trial of swindlers who organized financial pyramid begins in Tatarstan
Swindlers' victims exceed 1.5 thousand people.
According to official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Irina Volk, law enforcement bodies of Tatarstan have initiated a criminal case under Swindling (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code) against the organizer of a credit and consumer organization.
"The credit cooperative had a standard scheme: accepting deposits at 29-48% per year. Interest payments ceased as early as in March 2015. The organization was registered in Tatarstan, with its head office located in the heart of Kazan, and branches in the neighboring regions of the republic. The cooperative's activities used to be actively promoted in almost all free newspapers," Irina Volk noted.
According to materials of the case, victims of the financial pyramid were mainly retired people. Investors ‘bought' the high rates of interest on deposits. It is noteworthy that those who had joined the cooperative in the very beginning, had received their interest on deposits. However, most of the financial pyramid participants agreed to make repeated deposits. The amount of deposits ranged from 10 thousand rubles to 15 thousand rubles. The total amount of financial damage caused to the depositors made 427 million rubles.
Several plots of land, as well as residential and non-residential premises and cars were arrested during the investigation. According to expert estimates, the total value of the seized property exceeds 300 million rubles.
A 35-year-old resident of Kazan turned out to be chairman of the cooperative. The man voluntary surrendered when he was under investigation in Saransk. According to him, he repented of his actions and provided the investigation with all the documents related to depositors.
During the investigation, all episodes of the financial cooperative's criminal activity were consolidated into a single criminal case. It was found that the organization operated in Saransk and Cheboksary, as well as in the Republic of Tatarstan and Mari El. A total of 1530 people are victims in the case.