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MOSCOW, January 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Police have detained four suspects in the theft of more than 70 million rubles (over $2 million) from the accounts of depositors of Russian banks, the press service of Russian Interior Ministry’s (MVD) main criminal investigation department reported in Monday.
“The criminals were acting in the Moscow region and in St. Petersburg. The suspects were receiving information from corrupt bank employees about major depositors residing in different regions of the country, as well as copies of their passports,” said the police.
Four suspects have been detained in an operation conducted by police officers in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Kaluga region. “They are a 23-year-old man born in the city of Ivanovo, residing in Moscow, a 23-year-old native of the Kaluga region, a 28-year-old resident of Stavropol, who is wanted on suspicion of fraud, and a 49-year-old woman — resident of the Moscow region, from which the police have confiscated a fake Russian passport in the name of a resident of St. Petersburg. In addition, a rank-and-file bank employee - 20-year-old woman, coming from the Rostov region, has been detained,” the police said.
Criminal proceedings have been instituted over these facts under the Russian Criminal Code article “fraud,” the suspects have been were arrested by court. The police are currently establishing other episodes of illegal activities of the suspects.