A gang of counterfeiters sold counterfeit five-thousand-dollar bills in Crimea, Moscow, and St. Petersburg
And also in Dagestan, Moscow, Rostov, Volgograd and Belgorod regions.
The FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs detained members of a criminal community of counterfeiters operating in several regions, selling high-quality counterfeit banknotes in the amount of up to 2 billion rubles a year. About it
The activities of an interregional organized criminal community that specialized in the production and wholesale sale of high-quality counterfeit tickets of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation with a nominal value of 5 thousand rubles in the territory of eight subjects were suppressed: Moscow and St. Petersburg, the Moscow, Rostov, Volgograd and Belgorod regions, the Republic of Dagestan and the Republic of Crimeathe message says.
It was established that the bulk of the counterfeit goods produced were sold through the shadow segment of the Internet on sites created by organized criminal organizations and sent to the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. The rest was sold through sales through couriers, the so-called pawnbrokers, and through personal meetings of members of the organized criminal group with verified buyers of counterfeit goods.
As the Ministry of Internal Affairs clarified, “The defendants organized the operation of an online store in the shadow segment of the Internet, through which they sold criminal goods. Buyers paid for the fakes with cryptocurrency, after which they received the coordinates of the hiding places.«
According to available information, the gang has been operating since August 2018. The volume of counterfeit goods produced reached two billion (!) rubles per year.
The FSB TsOS also reported that the activities of the organized criminal group were distinguished by a clear structure and secrecy, when ordinary participants did not know about the quantitative composition of the criminal group. The production of counterfeits was divided into several stages, each of which took place in five different addresses where parts of the printing house were located. During the investigative actions, more than 20 million (!) counterfeit rubles, one set of high-tech printing equipment for printing money, professional means of reproducing security features of banknotes, specialized paper with watermarks applied to it, other components used for the production of counterfeit banknotes, tools were seized communications, flash media, computer equipment, bank cards.
Some of the criminals began printing counterfeit banknotes in rented apartments, while others were responsible for their wholesale and retail sales.
Police officers and FSB officers detained the organizers and active participants of the criminal organization; the investigator of the Main Investigation Department of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Rostov Region opened a criminal case under Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (organization of a criminal community and participation in it). Employees of the GUEBiPK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, their colleagues from several regions, the GUUR of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and FSB officers, with the support of the Russian Guard, detained suspects in Moscow, the Moscow, Belgorod and Leningrad regions, Dagestan and Crimea.
According to the FSB, 144 searches were carried out at their places of residence and in rented apartments. At the request of the investigator, a preventive measure in the form of detention was chosen for 24 defendantsnoted the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The FSB added that criminal cases have also been initiated under Part 3 of Art. 186 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (production, storage, transportation or sale of counterfeit money). Operational search activities and investigative actions continue.