Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Criminal case opened against Russian army officer for fraud

Russia's military prosecutor's office opened a criminal case on Friday against an army officer in the Central Military District who allegedly sold property from an army storage room and pocketed the profit.

Captain Igor Chebotaryov is the subject of the approximately $225,000 fraud case involving military clothes. Chebotaryov is the head of the food and clothing service of a military unit of an Irkutsk garrison, Itar-Tass reports.

Chebotaryov allegedly forged a document confirming that clothing was handed over to soldiers. The captain allegedly took the property out of a storage room and sold it to a commercial organization. The total cost of the stolen items allegedly totaled more than $225,000.

Alexei Okatyev, a representative of the military prosecutor's office, announced the case on Friday. The criminal proceedings were opened on the charges of grand fraud, according to Itar-Tass.

Another criminal case was brought against a military serviceman on Thursday, when a private smoking at the Donguzsky firing range caused an ammunition blast.

Private Alexander Kasatkin allegedly violated Article 217, Part 1 of the Criminal Code by violating security rules at an explosion hazardous facility. Kasatkin failed to make sure that his cigarette ash was extinguished when he threw it away. Shortly after, ammunition boxes caught fire and exploded, Itar-Tass reports.

The criminal charge was combined with a previous case for the violation of weapon handling rules.