In Moscow Region, members of organized criminal community to stand trial, accused of 300 million rubles fraud with state real estate property

The Moscow Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia has finished the investigation into six members of an organized criminal community acting in Chekhovsky district. They are accused of organizing of and taking part in a criminal community (Parts 1, 2, 3 of Article 210 of the Criminal Code of Russia) and of six episodes of fraud (Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of Russia) and legalization (Paragraphs A and B of Part 4 of Article 174.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia).

The investigation established that, from October 2011 to August 2016, 13 members of the criminal community including real estate agents, entrepreneurs, Cadastre Chamber officers, and other persons had illegally acquired ownership rights for nine plots of land and two buildings located in different settlements of Chekhovsky Municipal District. The total cost of the property acquired through the illegal activities had exceeded 285 million rubles. The total market cost of the property (land and buildings) acquired and legalized by the members of the criminal community as a result of their illegal activities had reached at least 60 million rubles, which is recognized as a large-scale offence.

At present, the probe is finished and sent to the court with the approved indictment to be tried on the merits. With respect to the six persons, having agreed upon pre-trial deals at the initial stage of the investigation, the court has already issued convictions. The probe into other members of the criminal community is to be presented separately; one of them is on the international wanted list.