A guilty verdict is announced in the case of the leaders of one of Yoshkar-Ola scam groups
translated by Elena Garrett
Today a guilty verdict was announced in the case against the leader of scam group "Sparta" and his right-hand man. The two were charged with involving local school kids in the commission of crimes against foreign citizens.
June 9, 2011.
The Municipal Court of Yoshkar-Ola handed down a verdict of guilty in the case of an unemployed resident of Yoshkar-Ola city, Mikhail Konovalov, who the prosecutors claimed was the leader of a criminal group "Sparta," and his right-hand man, a 23-years old Ruslan Tukhvatullin, another unemployed city resident.
The court established that in 2008 Mikhail Konovalov and Ruslan Tukhvatullin, along with other unidentified associates, engaged in solicitation of local high school students (usually the 14 and 15 years olds) to engage in fraudulent "razvod" (Russian word for "scam') activities against foreign citizens, promising the teenagers a 20% commission form the money obtained from the foreigners.
The high-schoolers' participation consisted of working in the so-called "offices" (the rental apartments where the group set up computers and Internet connection). They were in charge of correspondence with the foreigners using profiles of non-existing Russian brides, and of solicitation of the maximum amount of money possible. The job of withdrawing the money from the banks and ATM machines was a separate assignment that was carried out by a different group of individuals.
Almost all high schools in the city were a part of the "recruiting" scheme. Three individuals were presented to the court as victims in the case - all three are 17-years olds who in 2008 were 14 years old each. They described in detail the work life in the "offices" and the roles that Mr. Konovalov and Mr. Tukhvatullin played. All the money solicited from the foreign citizens were in the end accumulating in the hands of Mr. Konovalov, who were the leader of the entire organization.
The court also found that Mr. Konovalov, who were officially listed as unemployed, and his officially unemployed wife, had ownership of an expensive SUV, Audi-Q7, valued at 2 million rubles (approximately 72 thousand dollars). Mr. Konovalov also posted a 1-million rubles (approximately 36 thousand dollars) bail.
Mr. Konovalov and Mr. Tukhvatullin denied their role and the crime and pleaded not guilty.
Nevertheless, the court found Mikhail Konovalov guilty of an attempt to engage a minor in a criminal activity. He was sentenced to a period of incarceration in a minimum-security penal colony for 1 year and 2 months. Ruslan Tukhvatullin was found guilty of an attempt to engage a minor in a criminal activity, and also in physical abuse of minors. He was also sentenced for a period of incarceration in a minimum-security penal colony for 1 year and 2 months
В Йошкар-Оле лидеру «скамеров» вынесен приговор
На суде школьники рассказали, как их «вербовали»
и его 23-летнего