Thursday, September 20, 2018

Con-artists arrested for selling false government positions

Two con artists were detained in Moscow for selling the appointment of deputy governor of the Yamalo-Nentsk region in the Urals to businessmen.

According to the Interior Ministry, the two men were captured in a Moscow cafe while receiving an advance of $656,700. The two men, one a native of Chelyabinsk and the other a native of the Orlov region were living in Moscow without registration, the Moscow News reports.

The con artists lived in Moscow and sold appointments totaling $13-20 million. Though completely uninvolved with the authorities, the criminals introduced themselves as high-ranking officials from the presidential administration. They offered rich businessmen aid in appointments as officials in the federal subjects of Russia.

Searches of the criminals' possessions unearthed uniforms of an FSB lieutenant-general, a GRU lieutenant-general with medals, and filled in forms and copies of documents for those who wanted to join the civil service for money, the Moscow News reports.

The police also confiscated documents with details of money received and spent.

If convicted, both men face up to 10 years in prison for fraud.