Three members of a criminal group, of 29, 32 and 35 years old, people underworld of the Russian Federation and the Ukraine interlope were detained by the law enforcement authorities being suspected of blackmail.
According to the police, the head of the group previously worked as a prosecutor in a Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine. Another member of the group is former Ukrainian military from the Russian deserted army, martial arts instructor of the armed forces from Donbas region, Ukraine, actively participating in the military conflicts from Livia, Crimea and Donbas.
The criminal group was activating on the territory of Ukraine and on the territory of the former Soviet space, using methods of artificially creating nonexistent debts, later followed by blackmail, manifested by threats of physical punishment directed both towards the victim and their relatives.
Thus, in December of 2016 a citizen of Moldova has become the victim of "businessmen” while working in Dubai. The man was contacted by his friend, a citizen of the Russian Federation, who asked him to help his acquaintances from Ukraine to sell a car model Porsche Cayenne in Dubai, year of production 2016 at a price of 100 000 USD. Following the sale, they would both get $ 5,000 each. The car was transported by sea on November 18th, 2016 from Trieste, Italy to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The victim accepted the proposal and while perfecting acts of sale and registration of the vehicle by the law enforcement authorities from Dubai, there was established that the car was stolen in the EU, the code WIN being modified and therefore , the car was detained.
Later, the victim communicated the owners of the car that the means of transport was detained, but they have told him that he still owes them 100 000 USD. Since the victim refused to give them money, he and his relatives began to receive threatening messages of physical violence and death.
The man and his mother went to the police and filed a complaint, requesting the intervention of the police authority to preventthe illegal actions of the criminal group, to protect their lives and health and to protect them against possible intimidation and retaliation. Thus, the victim's mother was taken under police protection, strictly monitoring the actions of the organized criminal group.
Following the special investigative measures undertaken, it was determined that the suspects intended to come to Moldova in order to establish the victim's relatives and to threaten them with physical violence and death, in order to extort 100000 USD.
On the 27th of December, 2016 they arrived in Moldova, and under the pretext of flowers delivery, they entered the apartment of the victim's mother, explaining to her who they actually are and that her son owed them 100000 USD. Then they took a picture with her and send it to the victim via mobile phone.
As a result of monitoring the actions of the individuals concerned, the security forces detained the members of the organized criminal group, while intimidating and threatening the women. After conducting body search of the detained persons, there were seized money, mobile phones and pocket knives.
The members of the organized criminal group were detained initially for a period of 72 hours, and subsequently, the court applied the preventive measure of arrest for a period of 30 days.
If the guilt of the three members of the criminal group will be proven, they risk a punishment with imprisonment from 13 to 15 years.