An Attack of Fraudsters on Accounts of a Foreign Company Failed. The Lawyers of the Company Protected Its Assets.

7 February 2022

An attempt to withdraw money of a consulting firm was stopped in the customer service area.

As Kommersant learnt, the Presnensky Court of the Moscow City began proceedings in the case relating to an attempt to steal big amounts of money using forged documents from the bank account of Good Energy Corp., an international consulting company. According to the investigators, the chief executive of a construction company, a former officer of the Vympel Special Force of the Federal Security Service and a former manager of an IT company were involved in the fraud which failed due to the vigilance of bank employees. Intriguingly, another attempt to seize Good Energy money was made recently and is investigated in Krasnodar. There, according to the investigators, some other fraudsters decided to use a civil court award for obtaining which they prepared some counterfeited documents.

The Investigative Unit of the Police Station of the Presnensky District of the Moscow City initiated a criminal case in respect of Stanislav Drozd, the head of the Security Department of Delta Group of Companies, a construction company, who was formerly an officer of the Vympel Special Force, Andrei Paltsev, the former chief executive of Alternativa+, an IT company, and his cousin Yuri Karasev, according to paragraph 3 of Article 30 and paragraph 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (attempted large-scale fraud) in November 2020. According to the case materials, shortly before that, Pavel Yukhvidin, the founder of OOO Delta GC (who is on an international wanted list), having learnt that the consulting firm has $8 million in the account with Alfa-Bank, decided to make use of it and asked Stanislav Drozd, the head of the Security Department of Delta, to find some appropriate people who would agree to participate in the fraud for 5% of the amount. Stanislav Drozd recruited Andrei Paltsev and his cousin.

Philipp Ryabchenko, a managing partner of BIEL, who represented the interests of the firm in the civil proceedings, noted that the court was not confused by the circumstance that the papers submitted by the claimants failed to comply with the requirements of the Civil Procedural Code of the Russian Federation. Besides, Mr. Ryabchenko underlined that it took “only two weeks and nine minutes of the court session” for Judge Dianov to consider a RUR 600 million case in a “special exclusive” procedure. And, according to his words, the court did not pay attention that the equipment delivery contract itself had not been signed by the parties at all. “Judge Dianov did not even ask obvious questions why, if the defendant company admits the claim, it fails to perform the obligations voluntarily and why it is necessary to execute the court judgment immediately if we take into account that such a rule applies to such category of cases only in exceptional instances,” the lawyer noted. “Meanwhile, when real representatives of the company came to the court with a petition for access to the case materials and with an appeal, the court did not admit them to the case referring to the risk of falsification of the powers of attorney.” The lawyer added that Judge Dianov constantly postponed sessions relating to the restoration of the appeal deadline and they hadn’t succeeded to transfer the case to another judge. According to lawyer Belsky, the lawyers of Good Energy Corp. filed complaints with the Supreme Court and the Higher Judges’ Qualifications Board for actions of Mr. Dianov. “The next session in the case will take place on February 10, and we hope that we shall finally achieve access to justice,” Mr. Ryabchenko summarized.

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