Scammers con Muscovites out of $328.000 in house sales
A Moscow firm stole advance payments for real estate.
The Moscow police detained the general director of a commercial organization suspected of stealing 19 million rubles ($328.000) from customers by concluding preliminary contracts for the sale of real estate, TASS reported citing Yuri Titov, the Acting Head of the MIA department of information and public relations for Moscow.
According to the investigation, the company’s general director concluded a preliminary contract with a victim for the sale of apartments on Friedrich Engels St. in Moscow, 2013. The woman transferred over 13 million rubles as security payment to the settlement account of the organization. The obligation under the contract was to conclude a contract of sale by 2014, which was never done, however. The scammers kept the money. The defendants also stole 6 million rubles from another victim using a similar technique.
The Internal Affairs Directorate for the Central Administrative District initiated a criminal case under Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling). The businessman has been detained and charged. He is now under house arrest. The investigation of the case continues and the amount of damage could actually be more substantial.
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