Source A well-known financier is accused of a scam for one and a half billion. As it became known to Kommersant, an investigation into the activities of a large financial pyramid, organized, according to the Moscow police, by a well-known businessman German Lillevyali, has been completed. According to investigators, money was collected from wealthy clients for five years through Ankor Invest and GL Finance, which worked under the guise of investment boutiques. According to investigators, during this time, about 1.5 billion rubles were stolen from dozens of depositors. A few days before the end of the investigation, an article about an organized criminal community (OPS) appeared in the case, in which the investigation included all ten defendants, including Mr. Lillevali. However, the alleged organizers of the scam are now abroad, and their extradition looks problematic.
The investigation into the activity of the financial pyramid, according to the investigation created by businessman German Lillevyali, took five years. During this time, ten defendants appeared in it. All of them were charged with especially large-scale fraud (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), but a few days before the end of the investigation, the accused were united in an organized criminal community, adding the corresponding article to the case. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
As follows from the plot of the accusation, the financial pyramid was created in January 2013. According to the materials of the case, financier German Lillevyali decided to use Ankor Invest and the Capital Financial Group (SFG), which was then renamed GL Finance, to raise funds. At the time of the launch of the criminal scheme, Mr. Lillevali had been investing in shares of foreign, mainly American, companies and other securities for more than a decade and a half, and was well known in the financial market. Therefore, according to the case file, when developing his criminal plan, the financier understood that investment activity is not only highly profitable, but also difficult for “citizens who do not have special knowledge” to understand.
Accordingly, the investigation believes Mr. Lillevali expected, without much risk and labor, to “free-of-charge take possession of the funds” of citizens under the guise of “providing them with brokerage services and trust asset management.”
Pyramid focused on wealthy clients, therefore, in order to meet their expectations, Ankor moved into the office at 10 Nikolskaya Street and began positioning itself as an investment boutique. At the same time, at Bolshaya Polyanka, 43, the reception of money began with the SFG. Another pyramid office opened at 77 Aviation Street, and later similar ones appeared in Zurich, London, Cyprus and Belize.
Based on the materials of the case, the managers of the companies told the potential investor that his money would be invested in highly liquid securities placed on American and European stock exchanges. And the success of investments is allegedly guaranteed by a certain unique mathematical model developed by Mr. Lillevali, which will provide 10-12% per annum in foreign currency.
The minimum investment threshold was set at $100,000, and then it doubled. Judging by the materials of the case, some clients invested much more: among the victims there is a bank employee who contributed more than 98 million rubles. (more than $1.5 million at the time).
According to investigators, the pyramid did not carry out the activities promised to investors, and the goal of its organizers was to “systematically and massively deceive” investors, followed by the theft of their funds, which were distributed among members of the criminal community. Clients were provided fake reporting. At the same time, depositors' money was withdrawn through accounts in various banks, and, according to the investigation, only Mr. Lillevali himself and his financial director and confidant Irina Korytina could manage and dispose of them.
According to the investigation, there were three main divisions in the organized criminal group, which were headed by Ms. Korytina, the head of Mr. Lillevyali's security service, Alexander Lazeba, and the executive director, Vladimir Mikhailov. Another six defendants, according to the investigation, were the perpetrators. As stated in the case, the organized criminal group was distinguished by the stability of its composition and the cohesion of its participants, it acted on the basis of a single criminal intent.
The total amount of stolen money, according to the materials of the case, amounted to 1.5 billion rubles. />It is interesting that the pyramid scheme operated until mid-2018, and almost before the collapse, its activities did not raise questions from the regulatory authorities. On the contrary, two years before the collapse, Ankor Invest even received the prestigious Financial Olympus business award as the best trust management company. went abroad and are on the wanted list. The rest of the defendants will have to familiarize themselves with the materials of the investigation together with their own lawyers.