VOLGOGRAD, October 13 (Itar-Tass) — Police in Volgograd detained 14 members of an organized criminal group which had illegally encashed more than 200 million roubles, the press service of the regional police department told Itar-Tass.
The sum of illegal profit derived by the group exceeded 12 million roubles, the police said.
Detectives found out that the criminals had set up dummy firms to carry out fictitious cash-out transactions. The gang charged its clients 2 to 6 percent of the sum of the turnover for their services.
During more than 20 searches, police retrieved founding and accounting documents, seals, stamps of dummy firms, magnetic carriers, computers and 1.3 million roubles in cash. The settlements account of the dummy firms opened a number of commercial banks of Volgograd have been arrested, a police officer said.
Criminal proceedings were opened over illegal banking. The Criminal Code article envisions up to seven years in prison for this offense. The investigation continues.