In Moscow, ex-head of office of OAO AKB Probiznesbank jailed

A court has recognized the evidence gathered by the Head Office of the Investigative Committee as sufficient to convict former head of shareholders and subsidiaries interaction office of OAO AKB Probiznesbank, a public corporation Marina Krylova. She was found guilty of complicity in misappropriation under Part 5 of Article 33, Part 4 of Article 160 of the RF Criminal Code.

The court and investigators have revealed that Krylova acted as part of an organized group set up in September 2014 by managers of the bank to defraud it of its funds. The organized group in different times included more than 15 people. To reach their goal, the members of the group made a scheme and distributed roles.

Krylova helped her accomplices in defrauding the bank of more than 2.4 billion rubles by issuing irrevocable and unguaranteed loans to the controlled sham firms. After that the money was transferred to the accounts of other sham firms disguised as payment for fictitious transactions, and then was put on a settlement account of an affiliated Cyprus-based company and spent by the perpetrators. Krylova supervised preparing the documents substantiating the settlements between the firms involved by the perpetrators as front borrowers of lenders for transferring the money, their accounting and tax reports to be submitted to Russian tax authorities and management of accounts of controlled legal entities.

Krylova made a deal with investigators so the criminal proceedings against her were severed to form a separate lawsuit.

The investigators seized a lot of financial documents, studied and analyzed it to see the whole scam and to determine the role of each one of the accomplices in it, including Krylova. The evidence against Krylova made up 100 files of the case.

The court has sentenced Krylova to 3.5 years in a minimum-security correctional facility and a fine of 1 million rubles.

Earlier, another accomplice, former head of corporate finances department Nikolai Alekseyev was found guilty of the same crime. He used his position at the bank to sign on behalf of the bank unfeasible irrevocable and unguaranteed agreement on conditions of a medium-term crediting and associated documents with front borrowers. The court also sentenced him to 4 years in a minimum-security prison and a fine of 1 million rubles.

At present, investigators of the Investigative Committee’s Head Office continue investigations against other accomplices.