Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Yekaterinburg policeman caught taking large bribe

A police major was detained in Yekaterinburg for his part in a $473,312 bribe this week.

The 31-year-old policeman demanded money from entrepreneurs for his assistance in returning money confiscated by the Interior Ministry during a probe, ITAR-TASS reports.

The policeman, according to investigators, knew that the Interior Ministry had confiscated more than $1.5 million during a probe into a criminal case at the Tagansky Ryad shopping mall. He has allegedly been making his demands since November.

On March 27, the major received part of the bribe worth $101,424 near the building of the shopping mall, and on March 29 he received the second part worth $135,232, according to ITAR-TASS.

On April 2, however, an Interior Ministry investigator returned the money to the business owners. Once the policeman heard about the money being returned, he demanded the remaining part of money he had asked for. The policeman was arrested on April 4 near the shopping mall as he was taking the money. Agents of the Investigative Committee and the regional department of the Federal Security Service detained him.

As officials further probe the policeman's actions, it will be determined whether or not other law enforcement officials might have been complicit, according to ITAR-TASS.