Speculators extort money from businessmen on behalf of St. Petersburg MIA Central Board Head

Speculators extort money from businessmen on behalf of St. Petersburg MIA Central Board Head
Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region Sergey Umnov

However, none of the businessmen transferred money to pseudo Sergey Umnov. But if there are no components of crime – there is no case.

Businessmen of the Northern Capital are being called on behalf of the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region Sergey Umnov and asked to transfer millions on "important investigative actions". This month there have already been several similar calls, Fontanka reports. Swindlers, posing as Umnov, demanded from businessmen 3 million rubles.

Thus, representative of the Fortgroup company received a call from pseudo-Umnov on September 19. The “Head of the Central Board” unashamedly demanded 3,5 million rubles from the businessman. The businessman was at loss and tried to lower the price, but the pseudo police officer told that there was no such option.

“I named such sum, which we can develop. Such sum, which my subordinates report on me and with all spendings, all stashes for this event which is planned for 72 hours was determined in amount 3,5 million. So there you go. And by results of investigative actions, whatever they may be, I will constrain the oral arrangement in full. The only thing today I want to receive signal”, the telephone swindler reported.

It is interesting that the pseudo police officer not just extorted money for needs of the investigation. Pseudo-Umnov assured that police officers are going to take active action against the owner of a competing construction company L-1. It means that swindlers monitored on the Internet about the enemies of the businessman.

In September of this year entrepreneurs reported about five similar cases of a racketing to the Criminal Investigations Directorate. How many cases were left unspoken – we can only guess. Police officers told that no businessman have transfered money for allegedly needs of a police central board. Thus the check, which started on October 13 regarding this fact sputtered out for the lack of the actual racketing.

“On the one hand – it is a pity. We could slap them. Well… it is preventative measures, we can not sit and wait, when they run into a fool”, sincerely regreted in the General Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

According to Fontanka, the bank card to which businessmen should have transferred the millions belongs to young inhabitant of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Grekhova. After finding her in social networks, journalists also saw her partner. An experienced person, judging by his tattoos. The phone number from which the speculators called is also registered in that region, however it is unavailable at present. 

As for the Lieutenant General himself, rumor has it that firstly Umnov was outraged, but when he was reported about the fifth call, philosophically said: “That’s impressive!”.

As Fontanka reported, swindlers extorted money from St. Petersburg businessmen not only on behalf of Umnov. In June, 2015 entrepreneur’s offices received hundreds of calls on behalf of prosecutors. “Prosecutors” reported about the approaching checks and advised for a start to run and buy some cognac and afterwards come to the city Prosecutor Sergey Litvinenko to show some respect and talk in detail. Then many entrepreneurs fell for it, transferring thousands of rubles to account of a mobile phone at request of the swindlers, without meeting Litvinenko. As law enforcement authorities found out, the swindlers were carrying out this speculation from the territory of maximum-security penal colony No. 2 of the city of Rostov-on-Don.

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