MOSCOW, May 26 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Presnensky District Court on Wednesday sentenced ex-lawmaker of the lower house of Russia’s parliament Denis Volchek to 3 years in penal colony for attempted fraud, the court’s spokesperson Lela Kokaya told RAPSI.

The defendant earlier signed a plea deal with investigators therefore the case was heard under a special procedure without examination of evidence and interrogation of witnesses.

The court found that businessman Zurab Pliyev and Volchek tried to make a Moscow entrepreneur pay them 300,000 euros and wrist watch worth over 7 million rubles ($95,000) promising him to put an end to his criminal prosecution. Pliyev also pled guilty.