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The Investigative Committee Completes Investigation into the “Carding” Criminal Case

13.06.2018
The Central Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee has completed investigation into the criminal case on grand theft of money from foreigners’ bankcards.

Investigating officers have found three Minskers who they believe to be involved in illegal misappropriation of bank payment cards and their subsequent use for lucrative purposes. The criminal intelligence and surveillance operations of the High-Tech Crime Investigation Departments at the City Internal Affairs Directorate of the Minsk City Executive Committee and at the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Mogilev Region Executive Committee have helped to detain the offenders.

The investigation revealed that a 39-year-old Minsker organized a group, involving two other Minskers—a 40-year-old and a 35-year-old one, as well as other unidentified persons. Within the period from March 2009 to December 2016, the group members stole the total of 400 thousand USD from card accounts using computer equipment, banking and web resource data.

Based on the investigation results, Internet stores, mainly registered in Western Europe or the United States of America, were given details of strange persons’ account cards to pay for goods or services. The goods were then sent to some straw persons who, mislead by the members of the organized group, sold the goods to other people. The earnings were transferred to bank and payment system accounts owned by the alleged offenders. Subsequently, the offenders cashed the money in Belarus and distributed them among the members of their organized group.

It should be noted that the illegal activity was not the only source of income of the alleged offenders. For instance, the 39-year-old and 40-year-old men worked as executives at an IT organization before they were arrested.

During the investigation, the property of the accused persons was distrained, including seven apartments and three cars, their total cost amounting to 990 thousand rubles, as well as money in the amount of over 58 thousand rubles.

The investigators qualified actions of the organized group members under Article 212 Part 4 (theft by using computer equipment) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. The group members were taken into custody as a pre-trial restriction.

The evidence for the unidentified members of the organized group was severed.

The criminal case was handed over to the prosecutor to be taken to court.