The Prosecutor General's Office filed a lawsuit with the Nikulinsky Court of Moscow for the confiscation of 1,032 bitcoins (USD 23.9 million or 1.6 billion) from the former head of the SO for the Tverskoy District, Marat Tambiev. The telegram channel of the Cheka-OGPU was the first to tell about the arrest of a gigantic amount in cryptocurrency and the details of its appearance.
According to documents that were at the disposal of the editors back in February 2023, the Basmanny Court seized 1032 bitcoins located on two crypto wallets owned by Tambiev. However, the latter also had accomplices. Another 1032 bitcoins from the members of the hacker group The Infraud Organization went to the employees of the Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. But they prefer to turn a blind eye to this.
The members of The Infraud were detained on January 18, 2022, the events were carried out by employees of the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Tambiev personally came to the place, since it was his department that initiated the case against the members of the group. If we trace the paths of bitcoins, which have now been seized, from the “reverse”, we can see the following picture.
During searches at members of The Infraud, employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the TFR gained access to ten crypto wallets, which in December 2021 received 2,064 bitcoins - proceeds from hacking activities. At the time of the events, it was approximately $82.5 million. Access to the wallets was provided by the Infraud members themselves, most of whom the investigation, headed by Tambiev, then asked for a preventive measure in the form of house arrest.
Immediately after the election of the houserest and as soon as information about the detention of Infraud members got into the media (the Cheka-OGPU was the first to report this), on January 21, money from 10 Infraud wallets is transferred to one bitcoin wallet. 2064 btc goes there.
On March 7, 2022, it's time to "cut" this jackpot. 932 bitcoins and 100 bitcoins are transferred to two Tambiev wallets installed on his phone. By decision of the Basmanny Court, these funds were seized and on November 17, 2022 they were transferred to a wallet appointed by the court.
Also on March 7, 2022, exactly half of the funds (another 1032 bitcoins) went to the “cold wallet”.
Earlier, sources of the Cheka-OGPU said that the "second half" of the jackpot went to the employees of the Directorate K, who took part in the searches.
According to the VChK-OGPU, the measures against the Infraud Organization were related to the Deputy Head of Department K, Police Colonel Nikiforov Boris Yuryevich, the head of the 4th Department of Department K, Police Colonel Aleksey Aleksandrovich Rykov and his deputy Police Major Chichin Roman Alekseevich, who were present at the search.
However, this jackpot was not enough for Tambiev.
After the arrest, the leaders of the Bergmanov group began to extort money from their lawyer Roman Meyer, who said that they still had to pay 1 million dollars and 26 million rubles for employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Investigative Committee and the prosecutor's office so that everything would end well for the Infraud participants. Then the Bergmans turned to the FSB of the Russian Federation and detained Meyer and Tambiev along the chain.
The Basmanny Court arrested bitcoins on Tambiev's wallet. However, an investigation into the theft of bitcoins by employees of the Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation has not been launched.
In March 2023, the Tagansky Court of Moscow delivered a verdict in a criminal case against the leaders of one of the largest hacker groups, The Infraud Organization. All leaders received suspended sentences and this is understandable. During the arrest, they had tens of millions of dollars worth of bitcoins on their devices, which were stolen by investigators and employees of the Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. In exchange for their silence, the leaders of The Infraud were promised suspended sentences, and the security forces, who became dollar millionaires, kept their word.
The servants of Themis sentenced Bagish Rizaev (Mark Bergman) three years and six months probation, Konstantin Sinichkin (Konstantin Bergman) three years probation, Andrey Novak two and a half years probation, and Estonian citizen Kirill Samokutyaev three years probation.
As the Cheka-OGPU found out, Bagish Rizaev (Mark Bergman) and Konstantin Sinichkin (Konstantin Bergman) met in 2006. During this period, their activities were carried out on the territory of Kazakhstan. In 2011, Andrey Novak joined them, and in 2012. Estonian citizen Kirill Samokutyaev appeared in their team. Immediately after that, they transfer all the work to Moscow and launch the “UNICVV.RU” market place. On this resource, any registered user, having replenished the balance of his account, could acquire the stolen data of bank cards and foreign social security numbers.
Until 2016, the monthly turnover of funds was about 100,000 US dollars, and since 2016. rose to $3,000,000 per month.
Sources of the Cheka-OGPU said that Potapov Nikita Ilyich, the senior detective of the 1st department of the SSB of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation for Moscow and the Moscow Region, was responsible for the security of the group and supervised its activities.
After the meeting between Putin and Biden, the go-ahead came the go-ahead to work on all the major hacker groups from Russia, and the turn came to The Infraud.
During searches of members of The Infraud with employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the TFR received access to ten crypto wallets, which in December 2021 received 2064 bitcoins - proceeds from hacker activities. At the time of the events, it was approximately $82.5 million. Access to the wallets was provided by the members of Infraud themselves, most of whom the investigation, headed by the head of the SO for the Tverskoy district, Marat Tambiev, then asked for a preventive measure in the form of house arrest.
It is worth noting that shady shops selling stolen credit card data from The Infraud hacker group have also come to life. The members of the group were detained in January 2022, at the same time the “shops” stopped working. In particular, a beautiful sign appeared on the website of their largest store, UNICVV.RU, that it was permanently closed by the Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
And now the store "permanently closed during the special operation" suddenly came to life. The same thing happens with a number of other Infraud sites.
To be continued