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The Main Investigations Directorate over North Caucasian Federal District of the Investigative Committee launched a probe into swindling attended by intended large-scale breach of commercial contract (Part 5 of Article 159 (3 episodes), Part 6 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of Russia). Upon suspicion of committing these offences investigators detained Ararat Dovmalov and Gagik Arzumanyan.
It was established that in 2005-2006, Kurortservice LLC from Zheleznovodsk city of Stavropol Territory was supplying nutrition products and other goods to organizations engaged in providing medical services, and to recreational, kindergarten and other facilities of Stavropol Territory through concluding supply contracts with counterparties. In 2014-2016, Gagik Arzumanyan was holding positions of founder and director of the organization, however, all important decisions concerning operation of the company were made by its former founder and director Ararat Dovmalov, who at that moment held the position of the Chairman of Zheleznovodsk Municipal Duma and then became the First Deputy Head of Zheleznovodsk City Administration.
According to the investigation, in 2015-2016, Dovmalov and Arzumanyan intentionally concealed from individual entrepreneurs and commercial enterprises the fact that the company lacked real financial ability to fulfill its obligations and the presence of significant accounts payable and property deposits; being not intended to fulfill obligations of full payment for the supplied goods, they continued to conclude supply contracts with contractor companies and accept products.
Through their illegal activities, the suspects committed embezzlement of property of contractors registered in Stavropol Territory, Krasnodar Territory and Vologda Region amounting to over 60 million roubles.
Investigators of the Investigative Committee of Russia and officers of the Directorate for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Stavropol Territory carried out over 25 searches at residence of perpetrators, their relatives and other persons and in controlled organizations of Stavropol Territory and Rostov Region and seized items and documents significant for the investigation.
The criminal investigation is ongoing.