More than a million dollars theft from US citizens investigated. Five Belarusians retained in custody
The Main Department of Digital Development of the Preliminary Investigation of the Investigative Committee has completed the investigation of a criminal case of embezzlement of money from the card accounts of US citizens.
According to the investigation, in November 2018, 4 men and a girl from Belarus were united by a criminal plan aimed at illegal profit. Each person involved had his own role in the commission of the crime.
They acquired details of bank accounts of foreign citizens on shadow resources and committed embezzlement of funds. To protect themselves when cashing out the stolen and mislead, the carders came up with a rather complicated scheme. The accused purchased expensive goods on foreign Internet platforms. The property was stored in specially rented warehouses in the United States, then resold, and the proceeds was divided among defendants.
In the course of the criminal case investigation, about 300 episodes of criminal activity of the defendants were established, and the amount of funds stolen amounted to more than a USD 1,000,000.
The criminal activity of the accused was suppressed in January 2022 due to the operational interaction of the Main Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee, the Main Department for Combating Cybercrime of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and law enforcement agencies of Spain, on whose territory one of the defendants was detained.
Currently, 5 participants of the criminal plan have been identified, all of them being citizens of the Republic of Belarus aged 32 to 36.
Investigators performed a huge amount of work to collect and analyze evidence of the guilt of the accused, seized and studied numerous digital traces and documents. The property of the accused was seized for a total amount of more than half a million rubles. During the pre-trial proceedings, the accused voluntarily partially reimbursed the damage in the amount of more than BYN 200,000.
The investigation qualified the actions of the defendants under Part 4 of Article 212 (large-scale property theft through modifying computer information, by a group of persons by prior agreement) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. With the approval of the prosecutor, they were remanded in custody.
The investigation of the crime is complete, the case file was forwarded to the prosecutor for submission to the court.
In addition, the investigation of the sophisticated criminal scheme revealed other persons involved in the money theft from card accounts of US citizens. The criminal case against them has been separated into another proceeding, and investigators continue to work to identify all those responsible for the crime.
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