Gang of extorters under guise of collectors who sent funeral wreaths to debtors detained in Novosibirsk
Some of the ‘collectors’ have reportedly had prior records.
Novosibirsk Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Rosgvardia representatives have detained 4 extorters who operated under the guise of a debt collection agency, reports the media office of Russia’s MIA. The detainees are aged between 24 and 39 with some of them having prior records.
The gang operated extremely cruelly: they threatened debtors with violence, broke windows of their apartments and vehicles; one of the victims was taken to the forest and threatened with death. They threatened to throw acid at an ex-spouse of one of the debtors; another case was when they threatened a woman to spread derogatory information at her job. After one of the debtors received threats, he had to sell his apartment to return 950 thousand rubles ($14.3 thousand). Moreover, the ‘collectors’ sent funeral wreaths to debtors.
Binocular, knives, respiratory masks, and a base unit with an autoredial software installed were found at the collectors’ ‘office’. They were searching for clients by spreading visiting cards bearing the legend “Will help to return your debt.” The visiting cards were also seized during the search.
Criminal cases have been initiated under item 2 of article 163 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Extortion). 3 suspects have been arrested, another one released with a personal recognizance to appear.
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