Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
The collected operational materials, as well as a complex of evidence obtained by the investigative bodies of the MIA of Russia GA for the Irkutsk region in the course of the investigation of the criminal case, proved the guilt of the participants in the organized group who had been engaged in illegal banking for a long time. The group leader was sentenced to imprisonment for 2 years and 11 months to be served in a general regime colony, as well as to a large fine. Six accomplices were sentenced to suspended sentences and fines ranging from 200 thousand rubles to 4 million rubles. The verdict has not entered into legal force.
The illegal activity of the so-called criminal bankers was suppressed by the ES&CC staff of the MIA of Russia GA for the Irkutsk Region in June 2017. Subsequently, the actions of the defendants were qualified by investigators of the GA for Investigation of the MIA of Russia GA in accordance with Articles 172 and 173 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Illegal Banking” and “Illegal Formation of a Legal Entity”. During the investigation, documents, more than 180 seals, digital information carriers, cell phones, almost 200 bank cards, other items and documents were seized.
The investigation resulted in the establishment of the amount of illegally cashed funds of almost 3.5 billion rubles and criminal proceeds amounting to about 105 million rubles, which, according to the legislation, is subject to reimbursement to the budget of the Russian Federation. In close cooperation with the tax authorities, measures have been taken to force the liquidation of 65 dummy legal entities and 96 organizations with the status of an individual entrepreneur. In addition, 11 more persons are subject to criminal liability, who have acted as founders of ephemeral firms for remuneration. For each of these facts, criminal proceedings were instituted on the basis of the elements of the crime provided for by part 1 of Article 173.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, providing for liability in the form of a fine from 100 to 400 thousand rubles, or correctional labor for up to two years.