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MOSCOW, June 27 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow police rounded up a gang of so-called "black realtors" who are suspected of abductions, extortion and misappropriation, the press service of the Interior Ministry's department for the Central Federal District told Itar-Tass.
"Central Federal District police, jointly with agents of the Federal Security Service department for Moscow and Moscow region detained three members of a group. They also detained a policeman suspected of abetting the wrongdoers' criminal plans," a police officer said.
Gang members sought lone pensioners or families with drug- or alcohol-addiction problems. They used various pretexts to make contacts with victims and then took them to locations in the Moscow region where they they held them captives, alcoholized them and threatened into transferring the ownership of apartment to third persons.
The "black realtors" were led by a 51-year-old native of Georgia. The gang included residents of Ingushetia and Uzbekistan.
"Police have obtained solid evidence of the gang's illegal coming in possession of 14 apartments in south and southeastern Moscow. Investigators are now looking into the deaths of original apartment owners which occurred shortly after the transfer of ownership rights.
The gang was detained in an apartment in the village of Rodovitsky, Shatura district. The abducted persons had been kept there.
The detained police officer who abetted the criminals worked at the Nagorny district department, the Interior Ministry said.