Tver OCG doing insurance and arson of abandoned houses
In Tver, the Central District Court have found guilty 15 members of an OCG, which had been engaged in insurance and arson of abandoned houses.
During the investigation and subsequent trial, specialists found that in the period from 2012 to 2014, the crime group organizer Artyom Karaketov and 14 of his accomplices were searching and registering abandoned houses under the ownership. After that, fraudsters insured the real estate units for amounts far in excess of their real value, and then set them on fire to get insurance.
The court has found Artyom Karaketov guilty of a number of crimes. He has been convicted of six episodes of fraud, four attempted frauds, one fraud in the insurance industry, as well as theft and three episodes of deliberate destruction of property. According to the court decision, the OCG leader has been sentenced to 6.5 years in a penal colony. Three of his accomplices, who form the crime group's base, have received suspended sentences. The remaining 11 people involved in the OCG's criminal schemes have also received suspended sentences.
The court has also upheld the civil lawsuit of Rosgosstrakh IC PJSC for an amount exceeding 6.5 million rubles. It is noteworthy that according to investigative bodies, another insurance company, namely VSK OJSIC had also suffered from the fraudsters gang's actions. However, it never brought a complaint.
As for the convicted members of the organized crime group, they have already appealed against the sentence imposed by the court.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).