Ex-Finance Minister of the Moscow region charged on 14 billion roubles
Former Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Finance of Moscow region Alexey Kuznetsov was charged with fraud and laundering of proceeds of crime 14 billion rubles On it informs “Interfax” with reference to the official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) Svetlana Petrenko.
Charges under article 159, 160 and 174.1 of the criminal code fraud, legalization of funds obtained as a result of the crime and embezzlement, said the representative of the RCDS.
Yesterday, January 3, Kuznetsov was extradited from France on request of the Russian Prosecutor General’s office. The issuance of the arrested in 2013, Saint-Tropez ex-official of Russia sought five years. The Chairman of the TFR Alexander Bastrykin on his page “Vkontakte” called the extradition Kuznetsova triumph of justice and promised that the proceedings in his case will be conducted “in full”.
The case Kuznetsov engaged in the main Department on investigation of especially important cases of the TFR. The crime of which he is suspected, apply to 2005-2008 — the time when he worked in the government of Moscow region. Investigators believe an organized group, which was created by Kuznetsov and his first Deputy Valery Nosov, fraudulently acquired from the regional municipal utilities ‘ right of claim of debt on their services to municipal entities of the Moscow region, said Petrenko.
The investigation comes from the fact that partners stole money “as a result of the transaction of purchase and sale belonging to OJSC “mosobltrastinvest” ordinary shares in the company “Rosveb” belonging to OJSC “mortgage Corporation of Moscow region” funds that were received from the sale of the third series bonds of OJSC “Moscow regional mortgage Agency”, — stated in the message of the RCDS.
Funds were legalized through a series of bogus transactions involving firms, “which settlement accounts were opened at the Bank, controlled by Kuznetsov and partners”, said Petrenko. The stolen money was transferred to the current account, Cyprus offshore companies, they are accused bought luxury real estate in Switzerland and France, as well as luxury cars and other property. During the investigation, only in Russia was discovered 1357 objects, including “printed publications and books, paintings, furniture, interiors, coins, armor, and other valuable property”, — said the representative TFR.
Several partners Kuznetsova already brought to justice. So, Valery Nosov and the former Director General established the government of the region OJSC “Moscow regional trust company” Vladislav Telepnev and economist of “RV-Finance” Elena Kuznetsova sister’s convictions have already served their sentences in places of deprivation of liberty. Ex-wife Kuznetsov, Janna bullock arrested in absentia for 11 years. Bullock is a U.S. citizen, in 2017 the American government of Russia refused to extradite her.