SBU exposes foreign Internet conmen on FBI request
SBU officers with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation exposed the fraud scheme of embezzling money of the USA citizens via Internet.
In the framework of the international cooperation, the FBI appealed to the SBU for blocking the illegal mechanism used by the conmen for embezzling money of American citizens and transferring it on the accounts of Ukrainian banks.
The SBU operatives established that the citizens of African country created the online dating profile in a social network. Introducing themselves as American businessmen who allegedly had business in Ukraine, the offenders met with the woman from the United States for organizing further life together. The conmen in the correspondence informed that the ‘businessman” had problems with the Ukrainian law enforcers and couldn’t liquidate the business and return to the USA. The misled woman transferred USD 1,500,000 to the offenders for “solving problems”.
The SBU officers documented that the participants of the group withdrew funds in the branches of national banks and legalized through the acquisition of property. During the authorized investigative actions in the foreigners’ residences, the law enforcers exposed the evidences of illegal activities, in particular, the mobile phones and the computer equipment used for holding correspondence, the bank documents confirming transferring of money by the victim.
One of the fraud organizers was served a noticeof suspicion in committing a crime stipulated by Part 4, 5 Article 27, Part 4 Article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, his accomplice - in committing the crime stipulated by Part 5 Article 27, Part 4 Article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv chose the measure of restraint in the form of custody with the availability of standing a bail as the alternative.
Pre-trial investigation is under way.
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