A resident of Kurgan, who organized a fraudulent scheme with the sale of Apple equipment, was convicted of embezzlement of other people’s funds on a large scale. The organizer of the financial pyramid, in which more than 60 people suffered, was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison, according to the website of the Kurgan Regional Court.
The damage caused to the victims amounted to 3.099 million rubles. “The activities of K. in the period from June 1 to August 14, 2018 were aimed <...> at creating the appearance of a “successful” activity of his online store and the “Yablokomaniya” campaign in order to attract new participants and, as a result, receive new, additional funds,” reads an excerpt from the material of the court session. According to Part 2 of Art. 159 man was sentenced to 3 years in prison, under Part 3 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – by 4 years. The addition of sentences formed a sentence of 4 years and 6 months in prison in a penal colony.
The man offered Kurgan residents and residents of other regions to purchase expensive Apple equipment for a quarter of the cost on the condition that they bring four friends to participate in the action. At the same time, he did not warn about the risks of losses and provided false information when concluding contracts. Thus, more than 10.9 million rubles appeared on the accounts of the organizer in 2018. “The income received by an individual entrepreneur when concluding sales contracts with participation in the Yablokomaniya promotion is not associated with the sale of goods, but with the payment of a deposit by the buyer for the selected product and the attraction of new participants by the buyer. In the activities of K. <…> there is a sign of a “financial pyramid,” the court noted.
The man was released from liability for 9 episodes under Part 1 of Art. 159 due to the statute of limitations. At the appeal hearing, the prosecutor’s office insisted on imposing an additional fine on the convict. However, the court ruled that a prison sentence was sufficient.
Earlier URA.RU reported that the organizer of the financial pyramid was detained in Kurgan. As a result of his activities, residents of six regions lost money.