Nephew of Deputy Minister of Defense arrested, suspected of being a leader of "cashiers" gang
St. Petersburg district court granted an Investigative Committee’s request to detain persons suspected of organization of a financial criminal group.
The Kirovsky District Court of St. Petersburg arrested Alexey Anokhin and Sergey Semenov suspected of organization of a financial-economic criminal group. Fontanka.ru reports that the court granted an Investigative Committee’s request to detain Anokhin and Semenov.
The businessmen were arrested on June 7, 2016 in a large-scale operation of law enforcement services. 10 more accomplices to the scheme involving legalization of criminal income and fraudulent goods and services tax refunds were arrested as well.
The investigation is aware of 30 illegal tax refund episodes related to trade operations with nonferrous scrap metal. The total damage from the ‘cashiers’ criminal activities is estimated at 1 billion rubles. Illegal profits had been transferred to offshore companies.
A criminal case has been initiated based on part 4 or Article 159 (Fraud) and part 4 of Article 174.1 (Laundering money obtained from crime) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
Tax officials are suspected of participation in the criminal scheme. In addition, detained Alexey Anokhin is a nephew of Deputy Minister of Defense Tatyana Shevtsova. In the past she worked in the Tax Inspection #10 of the Central District of St. Petersburg.