Police stopped the activities of citizens who had made 17 Muscovites homeless

Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English

“Officers of the MIA of Russia GA for Criminal Investigation, together with colleagues from the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department, suppressed the illegal activities of citizens suspected of fraud related to the illegal acquisition of the title to apartments in Moscow,” said the official representative of the Russian MIA Irina Volk.
It was established that in the period from 2010 to 2015, the offenders entered into loan agreements with customers. Loan issue terms – interest rate, the return period were determined individually. Simultaneously with loan agreements, it was proposed to conclude pledge agreements, according to which citizens had to transfer apartments owned by them to secure the loans issued. At that, being deceived, they signed a real estate purchase and sale contract under the guise of a pledge agreement. After the victims did not return the borrowed funds within the prescribed period, the rights to the apartments were re-registered to other persons.
The total amount of material damage caused to 17 citizens-victims is being established.
“For these circumstances, the investigative bodies of the MIA of Russia GA for Moscow have initiated criminal cases on the grounds of crimes provided for by Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, subsequently joined in one proceeding,” Irina Volk noted.
During 40 searches conducted in office buildings and at the offender’s places of residence, an archive of documents confirming their illegal activities was seized. The operation involved officers of the Rosgvardia.
As a result of operational search activities pursuant to Art. 91 of the RF Code of Criminal Procedure the police detained six suspects. At the moment a decision on selecting a preventive measure for them is being considered.