Ex-head of Russian penitentiary service accused in $51 million fraud
MOSCOW, March 31 (RAPSI) – Former head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), Alexander Reimer, stands accused of embezzling 3 billion rubles ($51.3 million) allocated for the purchase of electronic monitoring bracelets, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told journalists on Tuesday.
Electronic bracelets are used to monitor compliance with house arrest rules and for people who are given alternative sentences outside prison.
Fraud charges have also been brought against Reimer’s former deputy, Nikolai Krivolapov, director of FSIN’s Information and Technical Support Center Viktor Opredelyonov, and the director of a private company, Nikolai Martynov.
The probe into the case was opened after two FSIN employees were detained on suspicion of extorting $2.6 million from a businessman in connection with the purchase of the bracelets.
According to investigators, the suspects embezzled about 3 billion rubles ($51.3 million) in budget allocations to FSIN for the purchase of electronic bracelets in 2010-2012. Investigators said they would seek arrest warrants for Reimer, Opredelyonov and Martynov.
They claim that Reimer and Krivolapov personally approved the purchase of the electronic bracelets at vastly inflated prices.
Markin said investigators are working to establish other possible suspects in this crime.
Alexander Reimer, 57, was chief of the Interior Ministry Department in the Samara Region from April 2006 to 2009. In August 2009, he was appointed FSIN director and in 2010 promoted to the rank of Colonel-General of the Interior. He was dismissed from FSIN on June 26, 2012.