A member of the criminal group "Makena" Vitalie Pereu, was arrested on Monday, January 2nd of this year, by the employees of Straseni Police Inspectorate. An ABP on his name was issued on the 14th of December, 2013.

Vitalie Pereu is 49 years old and is originally from Straseni and domiciled in Chisinau. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison by Straseni District Court for "robbery committed by an organized criminal group or a criminal organization with great cruelty".

The security forces determined that Pereu was responsible for recruiting young people in the criminal group and accumulation of funds for the criminal organization, including through money extortion.

Vitalie Pereu was sent to the Department of Penitentiary Institutions to serve his sentence.

11 members of the criminal organization "Makena" were sentenced earlier to a total of 175 years in prison. The criminal case was initiated in early 2010, following the complaints of several detainees, claiming that they were blackmailed and threatened with death by a group of convicts and members of the criminal organization "Makena". The prosecutors determined that Vladimir Moscalciuc, convicted and detained in various prisons from the country, established a criminal organization entitled  "Makena", during the years 1999-2000. The criminal organization consisted of other criminal groups already existing and operating, one of which – on the territory of Prison “Pruncul”. The interlope network members would blackmail other detainees from the penitentiary, aiming to create monetary funds to support the organization within the penitentiary institutions and to gain new members. They were threatened with death if they refused to pay large sums of money.

You can find out more details about "Makena's Empire" from the investigation conducted by CrimaMoldova.

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