Zaporizzhya: SBU stops activities of “illegal estate agents”
The SBU uncovered an organized criminal group specializing in frauds with the citizens’ real estate in Zaporizzhya.
The law enforcers established that seven people involved in criminal group were headed by the owner of the local real estate agency, previously convicted resident of the regional centre. Group members included a private notary, the state registrars of the communal institutions and the representatives of the criminal circles.
The group used forged passports and power of attorney, recording the data to State Register database of real property rights. The offenders involved on part-time basis representatives of various government agencies and criminals who provided the group with legal and physical support for “solving the problem issues”. The SBU operatives documented over 10 facts of the illegal alienation of real estate in the region by the group members.
The SBU officers detained two organizers of the illegal scheme in the city centre.
During the searches, the law enforcers seized the counterfeit seals of the state institutions, keys to the apartments and fake documents of Ukrainian citizens.
The detainees were served notices of suspicion in committing the crime, receiving custody as a measure of restraint. The investigative and operative actions in the framework of the criminal proceeding have been initiated under Part 4 Article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, also for bringing other officials involved in committing the illegal actions to the criminal responsibility.
The operation was conducted under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor's Office.
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