S.-PETERSBURG, 15 March – RIA Novosti. Two brothers, who, under the guise of police officers, persuaded pensioners to throw money out of the window, allegedly to transfer a bribe necessary to release their relatives from responsibility after an alleged accident, were detained in St. Petersburg, the press service of the regional GUMVD reported. At the same time, the employees of the criminal investigation department of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, together with colleagues from the Primorsky District, detained two brothers, 32 and 38 years old, suspected of a series of frauds, “the press service of the central administration said.
According to the police press service, the fraud scheme consisted in the fact that, under the guise of police officers, they called Petersburgers and convinced them of the need to transfer money to help relatives. In this case, the transfer of funds was carried out contactless.
“Under the guise of a law enforcement officer, the attacker phoned gullible Petersburgers, telling that their close relative had allegedly become a participant in a terrible road accident and had to be paid for not bringing him to justice. the money was dropped in a package from the window, where it was immediately picked up by the courier, “the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region added.
It is noted that the eldest of the detainees had previously been convicted of a number of property crimes and drugs. According to law enforcement agencies, it was he who developed the fraudulent scheme, using his younger brother as a courier.
“At the moment, eight people have been identified who have suffered from the illegal scheme. These are mainly elderly people living in different parts of the city,” the ministry's press service said.
The total damage from the illegal scheme amounted to about 2 million rubles. On all the established facts, criminal cases were initiated under Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (fraud).