In the Perm Territory a verdict was passed on a case of real estate fraud

Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English

Kungur City Court of the Perm Territory passed a sentence to the 48-year-old resident of Perm. He was found guilty of committing two crimes stipulated by part 3 and part 4 of Article 159 of the Russian Criminal Code.
During the investigation, it was established that a citizen under the guise of providing real estate services in the period from 2008 to 2009 committed fraudulent acts against the owners of an apartment located in Kungur.
The victims applied to the man with a request to exchange the apartment for a house. Having no intention to fulfill the assumed obligations, the offender fraudulently registered the ownership to this property on other persons. Subsequently, he stole funds from the sale of the apartment in the amount of more than 950,000 rubles, causing a significant material damage to the rightful owners. For concealing his criminal actions and giving the appearance of the intention to purchase housing for the victims, the man accommodated them in various apartments in Kungur for two years, promising to formalize the transaction on the registration of the ownership to that property in some time, but did not fulfill his obligations. In addition, it turned out that the citizen was involved in another similar crime committed in Kungur in the period from August to November 2012. Under the guise of real estate services, the attacker, by deception, acquired the ownership to an apartment of a local resident. Later he disposed of it, selling it to a bona fide buyer. The damage caused to the legal owner amounted to 1,500,000 rubles.
Officers of the territorial police division carried out all the necessary investigative actions and gathered sufficient evidence irrefutably proving the citizen’s guilt in the two incidents of fraud.
The court sentenced the man to 6 years of imprisonment in a general regime penal colony with a fine of 150 thousand rubles to be paid to the state.