A fraudster who deceived men seeking to illegally leave Ukraine will be brought to court


SBI officers completed a pre-trial investigation against a man who was involved in a scheme to extort money from those attempting to illegally leave Ukraine.

The indictment was sent to court.

The scheme to extort money from men of conscription age operated from May to August 2022, when it was exposed by law enforcement.

The "dealers" used messengers to look for people willing to go to Poland. In return for a fee of USD 3,000, they promised to ensure unimpeded travel by car from Ukraine to Warsaw and assured them that they would avoid inspection at the border due to "good connections".

The organisers of the scheme took part of the payment in advance, and the other part at the border. After receiving the money, the fraudsters would dump their "clients" from the car just before the border, sometimes even on the road.

In response to the anger of the deceived men, one of the scheme participants claimed to be an employee of the special services. He implied that the men would face prosecution themselve if they reported the incident to law enforcement. In reality, the defendant had nothing to do with the law enforcement system.

He threatened that if they appealed to law enforcement agencies, they themselves would be prosecuted. In fact, the defendant had nothing to do with the law enforcement system.

The impostor is accused of taking possession of another person's property by deception, committed by prior conspiracy with a group of persons (Part 2 of Article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The sanction of the article provides for imprisonment for up to 3 years.

One of his accomplices was put on the international wanted list as he managed to flee the country before the scheme was exposed.

The investigation is establishing the circle of all persons involved in the crime and is also investigating the possibility of similar schemes in other regions of Ukraine.

The Rivne Regional Prosecutor's Office is providing procedural supervision.