Former DPR official to be tried for $4.5 million fraud

Hearing of a criminal case began in Moscow against the former Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the DPR Alexander Timofeev – allegedly accused of forgery of a letter from the Director of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov, trying to get $ 4.5 million from the ex-president Sergey Shpak from Railtransholding for stopping his case. writes about him “Kommersan”.

It has been previously reported. He said that in April 2021, a large-scale fraud case was filed against Timofeev. Businessman Igor Sosnovsky, a former adviser to Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, also glosses over this.

According to the case file, in the summer of 2020, Sosnovsky and Timofeev received information that a criminal case was underway against the former head of Railtransholding (RTH), Sergei Shpak, who was accused of embezzlement of 1.8 billion rubles from VEB-Leasing. Timofeev promised to help Shpak in closing the criminal case with the help of a letter from the director of special services Alexander Bortnikov to the Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Then the investigation supposedly should have been terminated and the accused should be reclassified as a witness.

Soon, Shpak realized that he was a victim of scammers and turned to the FSB. While the money was transferred to the accused by agreement with the secret service, Timofeev and Sosnovsky were detained. The latter pleaded guilty and testified against an accomplice. Timofeev still insists that he is not guilty and considers himself the victim of a slander.

Last fall, the Moscow City Court refused to release Timofeev from the pretrial detention center.

Source: Gazeta


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