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Auto insurance fraud in Minsk: investigation completed

Administration of the Investigative Committee for the city of Minsk completed the investigation of a multi-episode criminal case of fraud against 37 persons. Illegal activity was revealed by employees of the 10th department (for Minsk region) of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption (GUBOPiK) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

According to the investigation, two men created and led an organized group between April 2016 and April 2019. Within the above period, 3 more participants were included in the group, while there was a clear distribution of roles.

The organizers were looking for cars for simulation of traffic accidents. A "victim" vehicle was purchased on the territory of the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus, as a rule, already with the existing damage. The second car, acting as the culprit of the accident, was purchased exclusively on the territory of our country without official registration to the persons involved in the case. Purchase criteria: cost up to $ 600 and the ability to move at minimum distances.

After the purchase of cars, their technical condition was prepared, registration was carried out and insurance contracts were drawn up. In this case, the "victim" car was registered to the relatives and friends of the defendants. The accused explained to them that they were engaged in the sale and purchase of used cars and could not register a large number of cars to themselves. A reward of $100 was promised for the help.

A few days before the planned date of fake car crash, the organizers were looking for people to play the role of drivers. The mentioned citizens were the acquaintances of the organized group members - neighbors at home and country house, colleagues or former colleagues at work, friends, former classmates who were experiencing financial difficulties. The purpose, time and place of the planned staging, as well as the amount of remuneration - $100-200 were immediately agreed with them. It should be noted that later they became involved in criminal activity.

Within three years, the accused, in the territory of Minsk and Minsk region, staged accidents. Unlawful actions always took place in the late evening or at night on quiet sections of the road. The investigation established 20 episodes of criminal activity.

There were two main scenarios that were reported to the State Traffic Inspection officers: either the culprit car did not give way when leaving the minor road, or the distance was not observed.

After the collision of cars, one of the defendants inflicted additional damage on the victim car with improvised means, and also scattered pre-prepared glass fragments and spilled automobile fluids. This was done in order to make the accident look real, as well as to report additional damages to the insurance company.

Later, the group members filed to the insurance company application for the payment of insurance compensation. They misappropriated the funds received in an illegal way.

The total damage caused by the criminal actions of the accused amounted to more than 350 thousand rubles. The investigators took measures to ensure its compensation. The property of the defendants with a total value of more than 107 thousand rubles, including cars, real estate and money, was arrested.
In the course of the investigation of the criminal case, searches were carried out at the places of residence and at the places of work of the accused, more than a hundred witnesses were questioned, and the documentation of insurance companies was examined. The materials of the criminal case were attached to the examination reports carried out by the employees of the State Forensic Examination Committee of the Republic of Belarus.

The actions of men, depending on the role of each of them, were qualified by the investigation under various parts of Article 209 (fraud) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. Pre-trial restrictions were applied to 35 citizens of the Republic of Belarus in the form of restriction of travel order and good behavior, to one - personal surety, one more man was taken into custody and two defendants were put on the interstate wanted list.

The criminal case was transferred to the prosecutor for referral to the court.

Official representative of Administration of the Investigative Committee for the city of Minsk
Ekaterina Garlinskaya