Supreme Court refuses to cancel sentence against former judge for scam with Tsapoks’ lands

Supreme Court refuses to cancel sentence against former judge for scam with Tsapoks’ lands
Svetlana Martynova in court

The defendant received $ 600,000 from the entrepreneurs she deceived.

The Supreme Court of Russia recognized the sentence of former judge of the Rostov Region Commerical Court Svetlana Martynova lawful, RIA Novosti reported. Martynova was sentenced to seven years in a general regime penal colony for swindling of 40 million rubles ($ 600,000) with the land plots of Nadezhda Tsapok’s Arteks Agro LLC. The former judge promised two businessmen to help acquire land in the Kushchevsky District of the Krasnodar Region, but after the money was transferred, she registered the property in her relatives’ names.

On December 7, 2018, the Rostov Regional Court sentenced Martynova to prison term and a fine of 500,000 rubles ($ 7,600). According to the investigators, the ex-judge received the money from the entrepreneurs in 2011–2012, but did not fulfill the obligation given to them. She was put on the federal wanted list and later detained in Moscow, after which she was taken to Rostov-on-Don.

Nadezhda Tsapok is the mother of Sergey Tsapok, a gang leader whose members have been convicted of killing 12 people and other grave crimes. Sergey Tsapok died in a pre-trial detention center in 2014 before his sentence came into force.

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