Nizhny Novgorod: Police officer gets fined for recycling criminal cases

Nizhny Novgorod: Police officer gets fined for recycling criminal cases

Former Head of the Nizhny Novgorod Police Station No. 5 Aleksandr Volchak has been fined for negligence.

Volchak ordered his subordinates to burn old criminal cases; they took it to a scrap paper collecting point instead.

Aleksandr Volchak ordered his subordinates to clear old criminal cases archives in December of 2015, according to an investigation and a court decision. The cases took up a lot of space. They were supposed to be burnt. However, “the procedure was organized poorly, plus superiors tasked dumb employees with it,” according to the Russian Investigative Committee.

Police officers ended up gathering more than 42,000 old criminal cases, loading them into a car, and taking them to Arzamas boiler house to burn them. However, they realized it would take a lot of time to burn 4 tons of paper. That is when they decided to cut corners and take it to a scrap paper collecting point instead. Not a single one of them bothered to check what information the old documents contained.

The collecting point employees found several counterfeiting cases with counterfeit money as evidence in them when sorting the police paper. The happy employees shared the money and went shopping for beer and food.

A watchful shop cashier noted a counterfeit bill when taking money from a customer. This led to an investigation that revealed the whole story.

Aleksandr Volchak was accused of negligence due to his failure to organize and control selection and destruction of old criminal cases. Volchak pleaded not guilty. However, court found him guilty and fined for 20,000 rubles ($350).

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