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Police reveal criminal community in Stavropol territory

March 11, 2013, 13:03 UTC+3

The community united top managers, accountants, economists, auditors of about 20 commercial organisations, state officials and mass media

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MOSCOW, March 11 (Itar-Tass) – The Stavropol territory’s police revealed a criminal community, which united managers of major companies, accountants, economists, auditors, state officials and the media; the supposed leader of the community, a founder and owner of a breeding plant is on the international wanted list, Russia’s Interior Ministry said on Monday.

“The participants in the organised criminal community are suspected of stealing the federal property of major agricultural complexes in the Stavropol territory of over 250 million roubles,” the source said. “The community’s leader is identified.”

The police also know the most active participants in the group – a former trustee in insolvency, the head of a breeding plant, the head of a holding company and a lawyer.

The organised criminal community united top managers, accountants, economists, auditors of about 20 commercial organisations, state officials and mass media, who had formed a positive public opinion about the community’s head and about the companies, they provided information support during court hearings as well as during tax and police inspections.

“The police found out that in 2006-2011, head of Bolshevik breeding plant had signed several economically unfavourable deals with commercial organisations, which caused bankruptcy of the federal enterprise,” the ministry said.

Using the corruption relations, the plant’s insolvency trustee was the person – a member of the organised criminal society – an official of the local arbitration court.

“He sold the enterprise’s assets at lower prices, at the cost of over 250 million roubles,” the police said. “The plant’s property, assets and the land plot of 31,000 hectares were given to a company, controlled by the community.”

The police opened criminal cases on forgery and intended bankruptcy.

The investigators have revealed repeated cases of theft of budget funds. The criminal community used fake accounting documents to receive seven million roubles in the state subsidies to buy chemical fertilizers.

The information, collected by the police, became the basis for opening a criminal case against organisers of the criminal community under the articles of the Criminal Code on organisation of a criminal community, and against four most active participants in the group – under the article on participation in a criminal community or criminal organisation.

“Presently, the leader of the criminal community is put on the international wanted list. The former insolvency trustee is now serving a term for an earlier crime of forgery. The former director of the breeding plant and his deputy, as well as the lawyer have been detained.”

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