Tropikanka’s gang members received new terms for fraud

Tropikanka’s gang members received new terms for fraud
Svetlana Stepenko (Tropikanka) Photo: Ura.ru

Four accomplices of the group were also convicted.

Alapayevsk, Sverdlovsk region, saw a court pronouncing sentence in a case of Swindling in obtaining loans (part 2 of Art. 159.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) against members of an organized criminal group led by 40-year-old Svetlana Stepenko, also known as Tropikanka, as well as their four accomplices, Komsomolskaya Pravda reports. Earlier, three members of Tropikanka’s gang received a total of 48 years in a colony for the murder of three fellow villagers.

The court sentenced Svetlana Stepenko to 18 years in prison for 39 counts of fraud, taking into account the previous sentence of the Sverdlovsk regional court. Her boyfriend Ilya Muravyov received a total of 22 years in prison, and her son-in-law, Vyacheslav Neglets, - 18 and a half years’ incarceration. The accomplices of the bandits were sentenced to terms ranging from 3 and a half to 12 years in a colony, one of them received suspended sentence of 2 and a half years and 480 hours of compulsory labor.

According to investigators, local entrepreneur Natalya Glagoleva, who sells fur coats and leather jackets, has signed a contract with a bank to sell clothing on credit. She offered Stepenko, who owed her a loan payment, to look for people who “lead an asocial lifestyle,” issue loans in the bank using their documents, and after agreeing and receiving money to the account, defalcate the funds.

To create an appearance of solvency, fake copies of employment record books and certificates on personal income tax were made for borrowers. From 2014 to 2016, loans were issued for dozens of people. Stepenko settled some of them

 at her home and provided them with fictitious stamps on registration by place of residence in Alapayevsk district.

The damage from the actions of the criminal group was estimated at more than 400 thousand rubles ($5.9 thousand). Four banks and three microfinance organizations suffered from the gangsters.

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