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Preliminary Investigation on one more Defendant within Criminal Case on Swindling in Particularly Large Amount from Bank Completed

04.02.2020 12:52

Preliminary investigation on one more defendant within the criminal case investigated on swindling money in particularly large amount committed from “VTB Armenia Bank” CJSC by an organized group was completed in the Department of Investigation of General and Election-Related Crimes of General Department of Investigation of Particularly Important Cases of the RA Investigative Committee.

In the result of investigatory actions of great volume the mechanism of swindling was found out, five members of the organized group were identified; they are citizens of the Republic of Georgia.

Particularly, during preliminary investigation it was found out that the mentioned citizens of the Republic of Georgia and an unidentified person, for the purpose of swindling money in particularly large amount from “VTB Armenia Bank” CJSC created an organized group and distributed roles.

Pursuant to the plan, in November, 2014 the members of the organized group arrived in the Republic of Armenia, opened accounts in their names in “VTB Armenia Bank” CJSC, received bank cards and entered 5.188.233 AMD, in total, to their accounts. Then giving the bank cards to the unidentified person, presenting their passports in branches of the bank cashed the money available on the accounts telling the bank employees that the cards were not with them. However, in the same period the member of the group – the unidentified person made double encashments or transfers by their bank cards from several ATM-s.

Through investigation data were obtained on the allegation that from November 10 to November 22, 2014 the members of the organized group in the above described way made double encachment and swindled from “VTB Armenia Bank” CJSC 927.869 AMD, in total, they could not cash the rest of the money 4.260.364 AMD and could not complete the crime under unforeseen circumstances.

On the base of the obtained sufficient evidence charge was pressed against one of the mentioned citizens of the Republic of Georgia according to the Points 1 and 2 of the Part 3 of the Article 34-178 of RA Criminal Code, the part on the latter was separated from the criminal case as a separate proceeding, preliminary investigation was completed and the criminal case with the bill of indictment was sent to court.

By the decision of the investigative body the other four persons were involved as a defendant according to the Points 1 and 2 of the Part 3 of the Article 34-178 of RA Criminal Code, search was declared against them and detention was chosen as a pretrial measure against them.

On July 29, 2015 the proceeding of the criminal case was suspended based on the circumstance that their location was not disclosed.

In the result of operative searching and intelligence measures on July 31, 2019 one of those under persecution was found by the RF investigative bodies and was taken under custody, then he was taken to the Republic of Armenia.

On December 24, 2019 the proceeding of the criminal case was suspended and charge was pressed against him according to the Points 1 and 2 of the Part 3 of the Article 34-178 of RA Criminal Code. The investigator submitted a motion to court to reconfirm detention chosen as a pretrial measure against him. It was sufficed.

The part on the latter was separated from the criminal case as a separate proceeding and the criminal case with the bill of indictment was sent to prosecutor supervising the legality of preliminary investigation.

Preliminary investigation on other three defendants as well as unidentified person is ongoing.

Note; Everyone charged with alleged crime offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.


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