Vneshprombank founder Larisa Marcus admits embezzling 6.3 billion rubles
Earlier, a source of the CrimeRussia reported that a softer article is being prepared for Larisa Marcus because she is ready to cooperate with investigators.
Vneshprombank ex-president Larisa Marcus, who was arrested for embezzlement, fully admitted her guilt and signed a plea deal. For that, she hopes for leniency in sentencing, Life reports citing its source. Larisa Marcus’ lawyers refused to comment it.
It is to be recalled that earlier, the source of the CrimeRussia has already reported about a similar scenario for the Head of Vneshprombank. He also noted that Marcus began to pay off to the part of the VIP-clients at her own expense.
Initially, it was thought that 700 million rubles were squandered, but recently the interim administration of the bank from the Central Bank has identified the theft of 6.3 billion rubles.
Currently, the documents are prepared for transfer to the Prosecutor's Office.
In October, the Moscow Arbitration Court declared valid the statement of the bank VTB 24 on bankruptcy filed by Larisa Marcus and introduced in her respect the initial bankruptcy procedure of a citizen – debt restructuring.
Influential and large Russian companies, including the state-owned ones, trusted their money to the bank. In addition, it transpired that on the customers without their knowledge fictitious loans for huge sums have been issued.
At the end of 2015, as a result of the audit, the Central Bank came to the conclusion that Vneshprombank’s management conducted operations on assets siphoning, and in January 2016, the Central Bank revoked the bank’s license. The Bank of Russia was provided with misleading statements about the quality and value of assets and liabilities. Significant amounts of money just disappeared from the bank. Originally, it was a "hole" of 240 billion rubles, and then about 187 billion rubles. Later, after a detailed study, the regulator reported about the amount of 210.14 billion rubles. On June 2, 2016, the total volume of Vneshprombank’s debts amounted to 214.9 billion rubles. On the accounts of the bank, according to various estimates, from 4 to 6 billion rubles were left.
According to the investigators, with the money withdrawn from the bank, elite real estate in Monaco and Switzerland, as well as boats and planes, were purchased. In March, the Moscow Arbitration Court declared Vneshprombank, which is in the top 40 in Russia, bankrupt.
At the same time, the co-owner of Vneshprombank and the brother of Larisa Marcus, Georgy Bedzhamov, was placed on an international wanted list on charges of Swindling on an especially large-scale (part 4, Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). In April 2016, Bedzhamov was arrested by Monaco authorities at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, but the local court refused to extradite him to Russia. Later, with the help of his friend, Prince of Monaco Albert II, Bedzhamov could go at large and escaped to London. It is known that he did not sign a recognizance not to leave in Monaco, but was under the so-called "judicial control".
The billionaire colonel who held the post of head of the regional Economic Security Department, and then Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department for more than 12 years, kept his 1 billion ($15.2 mln) in bank accounts.