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VLADIVOSTOK, November 14 (Itar-Tass) — The activity of a criminal group that stole more than 100 land plots from their owners has been suppressed in the Primorsky Territory. The press service of the Russian Interior Ministry’s (MVD) main department for the Far Eastern Federal District told Itar-Tass on Wednesday that the criminal business was organised in the Nadezhdinsky district of the Primorsky Territory by an unemployed local resident, born in 1982. He involved in the group’s activity his acquaintances, friends and family members – a total about 10 people.
During the 1990s residents of the Nadezhdinsky district were given land plots for individual building. Then their price was about 30 thousand roubles. Some owners of the land plots abandoned them and others did not use the land. After the bridge construction these land plots became Vladivostok’s suburb, and their price increased to 1.3 million roubles. When the owners decided to register them as their property, it turned out that they already have been registered and sold.
According to the investigation, the gang managed to get the archive data about the land plots’ owners. Through his notary public acquaintance they made on behalf of the owners the power of attorney to register the land plots and sell them.
During the preliminary investigation more than a dozen searches in the places of work and dwelling of the persons involved in the fraud, as well as in the office of the notary public were conducted. Police seized forged documents and stamp tools. At present, the investigation has materials concerning three cases of illegal registration of land plots, but the operatives have information about the theft and legalisation of more than 100 land plots. The leader of the criminal group has been detained, police are collecting the evidence of the role of all participants in the criminal activities that are qualified under Article 159, part 4 of the RF Criminal Code. The penal measure under this article is imprisonment for a term of 5 to 10 years.