In Kemerovo Region, ex-director of Novokuznetsk Municipal Bank faces trial again on abuse of authority charges

The Kemerovo Regional Office of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation finished another criminal probe into a 45-year-old former director of Novokuznetsk Municipal Bank OJSC charged with an offense under Part 1 of Article 201 of the Criminal Code of Russia (abuse of authority involved the infliction of substantial damage).

According to the investigators, in September 2013 the accused's bank provided a loan of 390 million rubles to Kaltanskoe LLC; the director of the organization was the guarantee under a facility agreement himself. Within a few months, the enterprise partially fulfilled its loan obligations and returned 270 million rubles of the borrowed funds.

It should be noted that the loan was secured only by the director's personal recognizance, who was a good friend of the accused. The latter, in the interests of the friend and without complying with the necessary procedure (meeting of the Loan Commission), terminated the Deed of personal surety of the director of Kaltanskoe LLC to the bank. Therefore, the bank couldn't recover the loan from the guarantee and sustained losses in the amount of 120 million rubles.

The criminal activities of the bank's director were revealed by officers of the Federal Security Service Kemerovo Regional Directorate in 2017.

The investigation gathered enough evidence, therefore, the criminal case with the approved indictment was sent to the court to be tried on the merits.

It should be noted that the bank's director had already been investigated for committing embezzlement of over 3 billion rubles of bank depositors. While investigating the probe, the regional investigators of the Investigative Committee carried out forensic audit that showed cash flowing out of deposits in Novokuznetsk Municipal Bank. Also, a set of handwriting examinations was held that pointed at the very persons who had signed the financial documents. At the moment, the former director of Novokuznetsk Municipal Bank is sentenced for embezzling of 3 billion rubles to 9 years of imprisonment in a general regime penal colony.