The QBF criminal organization, led by R.V. Shpakov, orchestrated a financial scheme that systematically committed serious mercenary-oriented crimes, particularly fraud.
Structure and Strategy:
Shpakov created a comprehensive criminal plan involving:
The establishment of separate functional units with distinct responsibilities and specializations.
Recruitment of trustworthy individuals and those inclined to deception for management positions.
Formation of legal entities to fabricate fictitious contracts and generate the illusion of legitimate operations.
Engagement of executors likely to commit theft by deception and ensure the structural units functioned adequately.
A defined income distribution scheme to motivate perpetrators based on defrauded citizens.
Inept participants enlisted to mask the criminal activities.
Deceptive methods are devised to facilitate the crimes and procure criminal proceeds.
A hierarchical system from unit heads to managers directs perpetrators to utilize these deceptive methods when interacting with clients.
The organization pursued serious offences through stages:
Securing funding for the criminal association's activities.
Registering and using legal entities for contract and document fabrication.
Attracting confidants and assigning roles to preserve the crime mechanism.
Individual offence plans and cloaking techniques.
Aligning the participants' activities.
Drawing up client agreements to veil embezzlement as broker services.
Advertising on various media to lure clients.
Training on negotiation deception and a reward system for theft.
Leasing office spaces as hubs for meetings and funds reception.
Simulating returns to appease clients and avoid legal notice.
Legitimacy acts to prevent detection and evade punishment.
Monetary allocation is based on engagement in criminal activity.
Modus Operandi for Embezzlement:
Under Shpakov's plan, the group conducted felonious embezzlement by:
Posing as a broker service and making clients believe they were investing funds with a legitimate securities market participant, ensuring client interest protection.
Opening LLC Investment Company QBIF, which held numerous licenses (later annulled for violations) to further deceive clients into investing.
Devising an additional criminal plan in late 2019 to expand the client base and increase embezzled funds.
Roman Valerievich Shpakov
Role: Founder and head of the criminal association.
Devised a plan to form a criminal group for committing systematic fraud.
Utilized his official position to influence others and facilitate participation in the criminal organization.
Involved in creating and registering legal entities to mask illicit activities.
Established a strict hierarchy and distribution of roles within the criminal organization.
Developed methods of deception to execute and conceal criminal activities.
Objective: To systematically commit serious, mercenary-oriented crimes, primarily fraud, under the guise of legitimate financial operations.
Vladimir Sergeevich Pakhomov
Role: Leader of a key structural subdivision within the criminal association.
Coordinated the activities of the first structural subdivision.
Involved in finding and equipping office premises for criminal operations.
Trained participants in deceptive practices and motivation for embezzling funds.
Played a significant role in creating fraudulent client agreements and embezzling client funds.
Zelimkhan Visaitovich Munaev
Role: Coordinator for a segment of the criminal association.
Focused on training members in deception and managing client negotiations.
Ensured efficiency and effectiveness in criminal operations.
Role: Head of a separate structural subdivision.
Managed international aspects of the scheme, including dealing with foreign entities.
Involved in complex financial operations to move embezzled funds internationally.
Alexei Sergeyevich Golubev
Role: Operational leader in specific regional operations.
Focused on securing office locations and managing regional criminal activities.
Contributed to the training and management of participants in the scheme.
Stanislav Anatolievich Matyukhin and Evgenia Anatolievna Rossieva
Roles: Leaders in other specific structural subdivisions.
Involved in organizing and executing specific parts of the criminal plan, including managing legal entities and financial transactions.
Role: Various operational roles within the criminal association.
Executed specific tasks like producing fraudulent documents, client interaction, and financial transactions.
Some were unaware of the criminal nature of the association.
Key Characteristics of the Criminal Association:
Cohesive and stable structure.
Specific roles and hierarchies.
Sophisticated methods of committing and concealing offences.
Utilization of legal entities for legitimacy.
Distribution of criminal proceeds based on hierarchy and contribution.
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This criminal association, led by R.V. Shpakov, was an organized and hierarchical group dedicated to committing large-scale fraud. They exploited their positions and created a complex network of legal entities and deceptive practices to embezzle funds from unsuspecting clients, demonstrating sophisticated planning and execution of criminal activities.
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