$700,000 profit: Belarusian swindlers sell non-existent African gems

A 51-year-old resident of Hrodna and his crime partners were ‘selling’ gems from Uganda and Namibia to Belarusians and got $ 700,000.

The members of an organized group pretended to have people in right places of the African countries and stated they could help buyers to purchase diamonds. After receiving money the delinquents started to accuse customers of ‘violating the agreements’. In one case, they organized the false arrest of a customer by Uganda’s law enforcement agencies. His wife had to pay for the man’s ‘release’.

Using this fraud scheme, the criminals managed to sell non-existing jewels in the period from 2011 to 2014. The trio is accused of serious fraud, the case is to be sent to court soon.

belsat.eu via sk.gov.by

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