Khmelnytsk region: SBU exposes group of extortioners
SBU officers fighting organized crime stopped the activities of organized criminal group specializing in money extortion.
The SBU operatives found that the gang consisted of local citizens, including those previously convicted for serious crimes. A leader of one of local NGOs was a member of the group.
The criminals were creating artificial conflicts, using threats of violence to demand non-existent debts from the locals. SBU officers documented the extortion by the racketeers of UAH 54,000 (USD 2,000) from a local citizen.
The operatives detained the leader of the criminal group on a street in the regional centre, on his receiving the entire amount of money.
In the framework of criminal proceeding initiated under Part 2 of Article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the issue of serving a notice of suspicion of committing a crime and choosing a measure of restraint is now being decided. The immediate investigation aimed at identification of all the circumstances of the illegal activities and bringing other group members to responsibility is under way.
The operation on detection of perpetrators was conducted jointly with the Police.
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