Over Six Months Turkish Citizen Has Swindled Belarusians out of Half a Billion Rubles

28.07.2010 14:28
Архив Редакция

Minsk city police department initiated a criminal case for fraud in a large scale against 41-year old Turkish citizen. The man borrowed various amounts in rubles, dollars and euro from his friends and did not returned them, losing everything in casino. Total damage amounted to 525 million rubles.

In mid-2009, the Turk, who called himself Johnny, became actively make friends in a circle of wealthy Minsk dwellers. The man easily gained the confidence of new acquaintances, colorfully describing his glut of wealth and property in Turkey, Germany, Spain, as well as talking about his plans to found his own gambling business in Belarus, reported in Minsk city police.

Under various pretexts — from promise to drive an expensive car to taking the oath to get equipment for gambling hall with a discount — the fraudster periodically borrowed large sums from his new acquaintances. At first, he returned borrowed money in time. But subsequently, finally gaining the confidence of these people he no longer did it, losing all the money in the capital’s casinos.

At present, there are three victims in the case: the owner of rent-a-car company, who lent the impostor 213 million rubles on parole, casino employee, who lost six thousand dollars the same way, and individual entrepreneur, «borrowed» his Turkish friend 296 million rubles. As reported in Minsk city police department, a list of victims may be added.

At the moment, law enforcement officers detained the swindler. He faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment with confiscation of property.