Former financial director of Nota-Bank reveals scheme of large-scale theft
Galina Marchukova signed a plea deal with law enforcement officers, and the prosecution asked only 3.5 years in prison.
Ex-financial director of Nota Bank Galina Marchukova agreed to a deal with the investigation and described the scheme for embezzlement of 25 billion rubles ($387m) in detail. The prosecutor stated this at a court hearing, RIA Novosti reports.
The state prosecutor said that the participants in the criminal group were withdrawing funds from the bank to the accounts of one-day firms, issuing fictitious loans to them. In total, 62 firms were detected. “Marchukova not only admitted her guilt, but she also gave testimony incriminating Dmitry Erokhin, Vadim Erokhin, Larisa Marchukova, and Nona Mikhai,” the prosecutor stated.
The Ostankino court considered the Marchukova case in a special order. The investigation accused the ex-financial director of embezzling 350 million rubles from depositors of the bank as part of a criminal group. The state prosecution requested 3.5 years in prison for the theft of 350 million rubles. The prosecution demanded to appoint Marchukova a fine of 700 thousand rubles.
The court convicted the former chairman of the bank, Dmitry Erokhin, as well as his brother and former deputy Vadim Erokhin; they received 8.5 and 6 years respectively.
Another participant in the criminal scheme was fortune teller Nona Mikhai. The court sentenced her to 3.5 years in a general regime colony and a fine of 800 thousand rubles.
As The CrimeRussia has written, the case of Nota Bank is related to the case of Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko. According to investigators, in January 2016, he warned his acquaintances Larisa and Galina Marchukovas about upcoming searches in Nota Bank and recommended them to hide documents related to frauds in the Elektrozavod company.
Russia’s deposit insurance agency asked the court to involve an offshore company Clement Glory in a case against a fugitive banker and an ex-owner of Vneshprombank Georgy Bedzhamov. Clement Glory turned out to hold Bedzhamov’s real estate in Great Britain in pawn, reports RBC.