Saturday, June 23, 2018

Criminal group that swindled elderly in Yekaterinburg arrested in Moscow

The Moscow police have arrested a criminal group that swindled elderly people out of $3.36 million.

The group reportedly gave compensation for inferior quality biological additives from pensioners, war veterans and disabled veterans who lived in various Russian regions, including Yekaterinburg, ITAR-TASS reports.

The police discovered that the group operated out of an office in Moscow's Litovsky Avenue. Police descended upon the location and detained 21 people, including Maria Kovbas, the group's alleged mastermind.

Police have learned that personnel from commercial medical centers aided the group leader in obtaining access to databases of patients, and people who purchased biological additives, according to ITAR-TASS.

The group phoned potential victims, introduce themselves as employees of the Russian courts, and said that to receive compensation they had to pay 10 to 15 percent of the sum of payment as an insurance fee, tax payment or expenses related to bringing the money to injured parties The money had to be transferred to personal accounts at various banks or through various payment systems.

When police searched the office of the group, they discovered large sums of money, credit cards, the lists of injured parties who earlier had purchased biological additives and a database of victims, according to ITAR-TASS.

Those who were detained are being charged under the Crimean Code article on fraud committed by an organized group in an "especially large amount," which is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and an up to a $33,619 fine.