The State Bureau of Investigation blocked a scheme that laundered millions of dollars in Russia and Belarus
Employees of the State Bureau of Investigation exposed an organized group trying to make money in the face of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The dealers organized the illegal withdrawal of Russian and Belarusian business funds, which could be nationalized and directed to the needs of the Armed Forces.
The State Bureau attacked a group of criminals during filtering activities of Russian citizens and possible members of the DRG. Its organizers had several passports with different surnames.
Before the aggression, the dealers were engaged in money laundering, minimizing the tax burden and withdrawing funds through an affiliated conversion center.
At the same time, the attackers used corrupt connections in the registration and other authorities to obtain passports of Ukrainian citizens and other documents on fictitious names and surnames, etc. They registered commercial structures using passports with false data and actively used them in illegal financial and economic activities.
In just a few months of 2021-2022, more than 110 million hryvnias were transferred in cash through fictitional companies.
Already during the active phase of Russia’s war against Ukraine, they decided to “expand” their business and began to provide services for the illegal withdrawal of funds from “counterparties” from our country through the mechanism of so-called “cash changes”.
During searches of the residences and offices of members of the criminal group, almost $ 1.5 million and € 150,000 were seized, passports of Ukrainian citizens, forged seals and documents of fictitious enterprises, and computer equipment with evidence of illegal activity were forged.
Within the framework of criminal proceedings initiated on the grounds of committing criminal offenses under Part 2 of Art. 364 (abuse of power) and Part 3 of Art. 212 (evasion of taxes, fees) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, investigative actions continue. Including officials in registration and other authorities who facilitated the issuance of false documents.
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