Wheelchair user from Perm organized group of counterfeiters
A wheelchair user from Perm was given an eight-year suspended sentence for heading a group of counterfeiters
According to the Head Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Perm Region, three young men appeared before the court. All of them were found guilty of committing a crime under Part 3 of Art. 186 of the Russian Criminal Code (Production, storage or sale of counterfeit money in an organized group). The police emphasized that the court heard the criminal proceedings separately against each of the defendants.
According to the investigative bodies, the group had bought about 320 high-quality counterfeit notes with a nominal value of 5,000 rubles in Moscow, spending a half of the nominal price. Then they returned to Perm and began selling the counterfeits in small shops and kiosks, where it was impossible to verify the authenticity of the bills due to the lack of detectors for banknote authenticity determination. Shop staff either could not visually detect the forged banknotes.
The police pointed out that it was a 26-year-old wheelchair user who set up the organized crime group activities. A few years before starting the criminal activity, he had been seriously injured in a car accident and became a handicapped person of the first disability category.
The group members took secrecy precautions and regularly changed their cell phone numbers. They used different rented cars during the distribution of counterfeit notes.
There was a clear distribution of roles within the group members; the leader coordinated the actions of two of his accomplices and kept a record of sold bills. His accomplices, in turn, shared responsibilities for the transportation and distribution of counterfeit banknotes.
The police managed to curtail the organized crime group’s activities in March 2015. During the searches, law enforcement officers found and seized 100 counterfeit bills with a nominal value of 5,000 rubles. In addition, investigators found 270 thousand rubles obtained as a result of sale of counterfeit banknotes.
The court found all three defendants in the case guilty in committing the crime and handed down convictions. The group leader was given an eight-year suspended sentence due to his disability. The court provided for his physical condition and the fact the man needs constant care. Two of his accomplices received actual jail time; one was sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment in a penal colony, the other got 10 years. In addition, the court ordered each of them to pay a fine of half a million rubles.
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