St. Petersburg: leader of 90s ‘black estate agents’ gang’ sentenced

St. Petersburg: leader of 90s ‘black estate agents’ gang’ sentenced
Maksim Ovechkin Photo: Still from the video

The man has been found guilty of creation of a criminal community and swindling.

In St. Petersburg, the court has found guilty the leader of black estate agents’ criminal community Maksim Ovechkin. He and his accomplices were engaged in re-registering the apartments of dead or missing people as frontmen.

Ovechkin has been found guilty of creating a criminal community and swindling on an especially large scale. According to the investigation, the gang fraudulently obtained rights to other people's property. The criminals began their activities in the 90s.

It has been found that members of the criminal group appropriated apartments not only for dead people, but also for pensioners and people suffering from mental illness, as well as people in difficult situations or socially unprotected citizens.

They ‘courted’ their victims and then forced them to sign documents. After re-registering the documents, they sold the apartments.

In the period from 2007 to 2010, the fraudsters worked on obtaining the ownership of an apartment worth 3 million rubles ($45,990) on Lansky highway, which belonged to a lone elderly man.

The leader of the gang has been sentenced to 7.5 years’ rigorous imprisonment with an additional restriction of freedom for a period of 1 year.

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