Ex-Сolonel of Russian police detained on $125K fraud charges
MOSCOW, November 3 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Presnensky District Court on Tuesday placed ex-Сolonel of the Interior Ministry's Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department Boris Gumenyuk until December 30 as part of a 10 million-ruble (over $125,000) fraud case, the court’s press service told RAPSI.
Investigators believe Gumenyuk wanted to receive the money from a logistics company’s CEO in order to allegedly transfer the funds to the Investigative Committee for termination of his criminal prosecution.
Reportedly, the defendant made a team of convicted Interior Ministry's Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department’s ex-chief Denis Sugrobov.
In April 2017, the Moscow City Court found Sugrobov guilty of organizing a criminal group, abuse of office and provocation of bribery. In December, the Supreme Court of Russia mitigated his sentence from 22 to 12 years in a high security penal colony.
Other Interior Ministry’s officers involved in the case, Salavat Mullayarov, Ivan Kosourov, Vitaly Cherednichenko, Yevgeny Shermanov, Sergey Borisovsky, Sergey Ponomarev and Andrey Nazarov, received prison terms ranging from 17 to 20 years. One more defendant, businessman Igor Skakunov, was sentenced to 4 years in high-security prison. Gennady Sobolev, ex-officer of the Interior Ministry's Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department, was given a 3-year prison sentence for abuse of authority. Sugrobov’s deputy Boris Kolesnikov, who committed suicide in 2014, was also found guilty. The case against Kolesnikov was closed because of his death. All convicted officers were stripped of their ranks.
According to investigators, Sugrobov and Kolesnikov tried to provoke a Federal Security Service (FSB) officer by offering him $10,000 a month for his protection. Sugrobov has been charged with organizing a criminal group, abuse of power and bribery.
Sugrobov was one of the youngest police generals. He obtained the rank of Lieutenant General at the age of 36.