Mayor in Krasnoyarsk region suspected of fraud
The official is suspected of a large housing swindling.
The Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee has instituted criminal proceedings under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling on an especially large scale) against the Mayor of the town of Bogotol, Andrei Artibyakin, and an unnamed deputy of the City Council.
The detention is associated with criminal cases over power abuse during the program of resettlement from emergency housing.
According to the investigation, in 2014 the Head of the town, the deputy and a frontman used a fake social hiring agreement and made it look like the person lived in an emergency house that was to be resettled. Based on the agreement, the intermediary was entitled to a new apartment worth 1.7 million rubles ($29.350). After that, the suspects were going to sell the apartment and split the money, investigators say.
The Mayor has been detained and is being interrogated. The investigation is establishing all the circumstances of what happened.
West24 reported quoting a source in the ICR that it was Bogotol City Hall that did the paperwork for participation in the resettlement program. The documents had signatures of Andrei Artibyakin, Bogotol Mayor, on them. The agency notes that another investigation had been carried out earlier against several administration employees. Some of them were convicted; the case against Artibyakin's deputy Tatyana Rychkova has been filed with the court.
The court believes that Anzhela Maria Tsapok could have made the money to buy the house and the expensive car by legal means, since she owned a firm. The court still refused to lift the attachment from her 6 million dollars.