FSB and police detained suspect in extortion of $2.7m
The detainee introduced himself as a fixer, capable of mitigating charges.
Operatives of the police and the FSB conducted an operation to detain a suspected extortioner of 160 million rubles ($2.7m) from the director of a large chemical enterprise.
As official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Irina Volk has informed TASS, the detainee is suspected of fraud on an especially large scale.
According to the investigation, the suspect became aware that the chemical industry enterprise is undergoing inspections, and numerous audits are conducted against its CEO.
According to Irina Volk, the swindler suggested resolving the issue with the law enforcers, requesting transfer 160 million rubles for further transference to officials. The director of the enterprise asked the police for help.
In reality, the swindler did not have the opportunity to influence the course of inspections, and the money was going to be appropriated; he was detained red-handed while receiving the first tranche of 20 million rubles. A preventive measure in the form of arrest has already been chosen.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).