The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow arrested in absentia for two months Mikhail Pedan, who was the director and founder of a company that supplied uniforms to law enforcement agencies – the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Protective Service, the Ministry of Defense and the Federal Penitentiary Service. He is accused of fraud on an especially large scale, as well as restricting competition, RBC reports.
“The court decided to arrest Mikhail Pedan, who was the director and founder of a company that supplied uniforms to law enforcement agencies, in absentia for two months. The businessman is accused of fraud on an especially large scale and restricting competition. The maximum punishment under these articles is up to ten and up to three years in prison,” the publication writes.
Judge Alexey Krivoruchko said that charges were brought against the businessman in March 2023. At the same moment, he was put on the federal and then international wanted list. The investigator in the case said that Pedan is in one of the European Union countries, and the crime was committed in 2017.
Mikhail Pedan’s lawyer Alexander Shcherba stated in court that the evidence provided does not contain information that could be correlated with the crimes charged to his client. “None of the signs of fraud are revealed by the evidence presented,” he said.