Monday, July 16, 2018

Yekaterinburg police officer arrested for scamming disabled man

A Yekaterinburg police lieutenant has been arrested after forcing a mentally disabled man to sign over his apartment.

According to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Yekaterinburg, the 35-year-old police lieutenant at Yekaterinburg Police Department Number Three has been formally charged with fraud committed through abuse of office. The arrest came after an ongoing criminal investigation found him responsible for a string of criminal activity between October 2008 and May 2012, Mir66 reports.

In October 2008, the police lieutenant was found responsible for tricking a 58-year-old mentally disabled man into signing a contract that would give the officer complete ownership of the disabled man's property. The lieutenant eventually sold the apartment to a third party, leaving the mentally disabled man homeless.

In addition, the lieutenant is suspected of stealing debit cards from disabled persons, who typically receive approximately $215 a month. Between March 2009 and May 2012, the lieutenant is suspected of depriving pensioners of approximately $8,000 dollars, according to Mir66.

The suspect is currently being held in custody, pending the completion of an ongoing investigation against him.