Donetsk region: SBU exposes group of extortioners
The SBU officers involved in the Joint Forces Operation exposed an organised group whose members demanded money from the local businessmen.
Law enforcers found that group comprised of the residents of Donetsk region, including directors of several regional metallurgy companies and representatives of a local human rights NGO.
Offenders demanded 20% “rollback”, which reached in one particular case UAH 600,000 (almost USD 21,500), for assistance in obtaining tenders for repair work on production equipment. In addition, criminals forced the merchant to pay a UAH 13,000 (circa USD 500) “debt”, threatening with physical violence. After the businessman failed to pay in time, the intruders set on fire victim’s means of transport and residence, which resulted in harming his relatives.
Law enforcers detained four representatives of the group in the center of Mariupol, during the regular “tranche”, which was UAH 15,000 (USD 535).
During the subsequent searches in the offender’s residence the law enforcers seized the money, drugs, explosives, ammo and other materials confirming the illegal activity.
Within the framework of criminal proceeding initiated under Part 3 of Art. 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the detainees has been notified of suspicion in committing a crime.
The investigative actions are ongoing in order to identify other episodes and participants of illegal activity.
The operation concerning the intruder’s detection was conducted jointly with the Police under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor's Office.
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