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Money in Particularly Large Amount Swindled by Cheating under Pretext of Obtaining “Mining” Devices

03.10.2019 15:53

In the result of investigatory actions conducted within the criminal case investigated in the Investigative Division of Ajapnyak and Davtashen administrative districts of Yerevan Investigative Department of the RA Investigative Committee a number of circumstances of swindling in particularly large amount committed by 22 year-old young man were found out.

Pursuant to initial data, in October, 2018 the resident of Yerevan, born in 1978, in one of the restaurant complexes operating in Yerevan got acquainted with 22 year-old young man, registered in Gyumri town. During the conversation with him the latter offered to buy “mining” devices of material value on the internet and with the ability to sell on appropriate "cryptocurrency" and in order to assure their efficiency he told that he was engaged in the mentioned activity himself showing the money on the fixed bank account in the appropriate section of his mobile phone.

Agreeing to buy a device of «Z9 mini» model called “mining”, near the parking lot of Northern Avenue of Yerevan 41 year-old man gave the appropriate money to 22 year-old man reaching agreement to obtain the device within 40 days and giving it to him. Then the latter agreed to leave the device under 22 year-old man’s disposal at the latter’s suggestion because he had not an appropriate area yet. 22 year-old man told him that he would leave the device at the milk factory area which was located in Gyumri and belonged to his father reaching an oral agreement to transfer certain money to his account every month for operating the mentioned device.

Until the mid-February, 2019 agreeing with young man’s reassurances to buy devices with higher efficiency and parameters, 41 year-old resident of Yerevan gave him part by part 811.000 USD, in total, a part of which was in Armenian drams. During that time 22 year-old young man transferred 10.000.000 AMD to his account.

At the same time, 41 year-old man founded an LLC called “Mining” to insert the ordered devices and to be engaged with the activity. However, within the past two months 22 year-old young man stopped transferring money to his account, he did not give the ordered devices to him for several reasons, he constantly avoided from answering his phone calls and meetings thus swindling the money transferred by 41 year-old man by cheating and abusing confidence.  

A criminal case was initiated in Mush Police Division according to the Point 1 of the Part 3 of the Article 178 of RA Criminal Code which was sent to Shirak Regional Investigative Department then to Investigative Division of Ajapnyak and Davtashen administrative districts of Yerevan Investigative Department for conduction of preliminary investigation.

In the result of investigatory and procedural actions of great volume conducted within the criminal case it was found out that 41 year-old man’s brother and friend have also been affected by similar actions of 22 year-old young man who had got acquainted with him through 41 year-old man.

Pursuant to initial data, damage of 1.046.000 USD, in total, was caused to the affected.

On September 16, 2019 a decision on 22 year-old young man’s arrest was made and the relevant subdivisions of the police were tasked to carry it out.

Preliminary investigation is ongoing. Measures are taken to provide the comprehensive, complete and objective investigation of circumstances of the case, as well as to find others possibly affected by the actions of the person having committed the alleged crime.

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

Those possibly affected by the actions of 22 year-old young man under the pretext of obtaining “mining” devices are asked to turn to the Investigative Division of Ajapnyak and Davtashen administrative districts of Yerevan Investigative Department of the RA Investigative Committee or call with phone number 010 39 17 23.


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