Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have documented new facts of fraud by the organizers of the financial pyramid B2B Jewelry, as well as conducted a new series of searches and shut down some of the chain’s stores.
“Representatives of B2B Jewelry are suspected of fraud with financial resources and the legalization of funds obtained by criminal means on an especially large scale. Last week, the SBU conducted 26 searches at the residence of the leadership of the financial pyramid and in B2B Jewelry stores. They took place in the city of Kyiv, Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Odesa, Kharkiv and Cherkasy regions,” the press service of the SBU said.
During the searches, documents of evidentiary value, jewelry, seals of legal entities that were used in the commission of crimes, mobile phones and computer equipment containing information necessary for the investigation, as well as property, including vehicles, acquired by criminal means, were seized.
The premises of some of the stores were sealed in connection with the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.
Four curators of the financial pyramid were informed of the suspicion under Part 3 of Article 28 (commission of a crime by a group of persons, by a group of persons by prior conspiracy, by an organized group or a criminal organization), Part 2 of Article 222 (fraud with financial resources), Part 3 of Article 209 (legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The SBU requested a preventive measure in the form of detention for one of the suspects. However, Pechersky District Court of Kyiv chose a measure of restraint for him in the form of a personal obligation (does not provide for any restrictions on movement or travel abroad).
As reported, on August 27, 2020, the press center of the SBU announced the exposure of the financial pyramid B2B Jewelry, the organizers of which deceived more than 600,000 citizens and embezzled more than $250 million. On the same day, 48 searches were carried out at the persons involved in the case. According to the SBU, more than 20 individuals were involved in the organization of the financial transaction, more than 100 controlled legal entities were involved.
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