Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
“Officers of the MIA of Russia GA for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption (ES&CC) documented the illegal activities of representatives of a Russian forex dealer,” said the official representative of the Russian MIA Irina Volk.
“According to the available information, the suspects, using a well-known brand, under the guise of providing services of organizing trading on the electronic market, attracted citizens’ money, promising super-profits from operations with financial instruments. In fact, the received funds were transferred to accounts controlled by the offenders and stolen,” said I. Volk.
To create the appearance of conducting trade operations, the suspects used a specialized computer program in which citizens opened “game” accounts with a reflection of the allegedly credited funds. Then, with the help of a special plug-in program, the accounts were “zeroed”.
According to preliminary data, the total amount of damage exceeded one billion rubles, the number of victims exceeded a thousand people.
The MIA of Russia Investigation Department initiated a criminal case on the features of an offense stipulated by part 4 of Article 159 of the RF Criminal Code.
“Police officers in Moscow and the Moscow Region conducted more than 30 searches in the offices of the organization and at the places of residence of the defendants. Accounting records, computer equipment, electronic data carriers, draft records, as well as other items and documents of evidentiary value in the criminal case were found and seized,” the official representative of the department added.
Remand in custody was selected as the preventive measure for three active participants of the group.
Investigative and search measures aimed at establishing other group members and other episodes of the illegal activities are going on.