MOSCOW, March 14 (RAPSI) – The Commercial Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region has collected 11.3 billion rubles (about $200 million) from ex-Inkasbank chairman Alexander Gitelson and two bank’s top managers in favor of the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), the court has told RAPSI.

In June 2017, the Commercial Court of the North-Western District granted an appeal by Gitelson and forwarded the case for review. The former banker has appealed rulings issued in November 2016 and February 2017. Courts held that actions committed by Gitelson, another ex-board chairperson of the bank Tatyana Lebedeva and her deputy Lyudmila Samorukova between February 1, 2007 and February 19, 2009 caused a 7.49-billion-ruble damage (about $130 million at the current exchange rate) to Inkasbank and led to its bankruptcy.

Inkasbank was declared bankrupt in May 2009.

In April 2011, Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court sentenced Gitelson in absentia to five years in prison and a 1 million-ruble ($17,600) fine for embezzling 495 million rubles ($8.7 million) from his acquaintance, MP Adnan Muzykayev.
Gitelson was arrested in Austria in April 2013 and extradited to Russia in December.

In March 2015, Gitelson was convicted and sentenced to three years for embezzling over 2 billion rubles ($35 million at the current exchange rate) in public funds from Inkasbank. A court in St. Petersburg also fined the banker 500,000 rubles ($8,800).

Later, the court ruled to combine punishments for both crimes and extended prison sentence to five years.

In May 2016, the Commercial Court of St. Petersburg granted Gitelson’s petition for his own bankruptcy.