Former overlord for Yekaterinburg convicted in absentia for car insurance fraud

Former overlord for Yekaterinburg convicted in absentia for car insurance fraud
Shota Katamadze

A group of 12 people staged a number of accidents to get insurance payments.

Yekaterinburg’s Leninsky District Court sentenced mafia boss Shota Katamadze, to 10,5 years in prison in absentia. Katamadze used to be called the city overlord working for kingpin Avtandil Kobesavidze (Avto). The convict did not show up at the announcement of the verdict and was put on the wanted list, the MIA spokesman for the Sverdlovsk Region Valery Gorelykh said.

As the court found, an organized criminal group of 12 people bought expensive foreign cars, insured them, hired drivers and faked road accidents to receive insurance payments. The criminal case includes 25 criminal episodes. The members of the organized criminal group were charged with auto insurance fraud and extortion.

The convicts’ places of residence were searched. The police seized “four cars, a Makarov pistol, knives, batons used in the commission of crimes, as well as other important items and documents.” The court imposed a security arrest on the property of gang members’ property, the total value of which is about 3 million rubles ($ 47.000) . The remainder of the damage was redeemed by the convicts before sentencing. 

In addition to Katamadze, the alleged leader of the gang, previously convicted Ruslan Ramazanov and two of his accomplices, are put on the wanted list. Katamadze has a criminal record for organizing an attack on the residents of the Sagra village in 2011.

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