The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow arrested 41-year-old Alexei Demyanov, the former co-owner of the Krasnodar bank Novopokrovsky. He is accused of embezzling at least 100 million rubles from a credit institution. After its collapse, the bank remained owed to customers more than 7 billion rubles. The fraud was carried out by issuing obviously bad loans to legal entities and individuals, allegedly controlled by the leadership of the bank.
An investigation into the criminal case of embezzlement from a small but one of the oldest Russian banks (founded in 1990 in the village of Novopokrovskaya in the Krasnodar Territory) began an internal affairs department in the North-Western administrative district of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Moscow. On April 27, 2018, it opened a criminal case under part 4 of art. 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud on an especially large scale). Subsequently, the case was transferred to the investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
According to investigators, in 2017, the bank’s leadership, already aware of the impending collapse of the credit institution, organized a massive issue of loans to both legal entities and individuals, allegedly controlled by the bank’s management.
According to Kommersant, so far the investigation has dealt with the circumstances of the issuance of loans by the latter. There were 24 of them, and most of them had a negative credit history.
In December 2017, the Central Bank revoked a license from CB Novopokrovsky. According to the regulator, the reason was the bank’s numerous violations of the Federal Law “On counteracting the legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime and the financing of terrorism”.
The business model of the credit organization was focused on the aggressive attraction of funds of the population and their placement in assets of unsatisfactory quality.
A week later, the Deposit Insurance Agency began to indemnify the depositors of Novopokrovsky. Applications for the payment of compensation and the payment of the compensation themselves were received through Rosbank PJSC and Rosselkhozbank JSC (they act on behalf of the DIA and at its expense). In June 2018, the Arbitration Court of the Krasnodar Territory declared the credit institution bankrupt.
According to the Arbitration Court of the Krasnodar Territory, in fact, the sole founder of Novopokrovsky Bank is Aleksey Demyanov, who owns a share in the debtor's authorized capital in the amount of 93.3%. In addition, Mr. Demyanov was the chairman of the board of directors of a credit organization. The bank, together with Samara businessmen, the brothers Knaus, acquired it at the height of the crisis in 2008, and it was initially assumed that lending to farmers would be a priority in its activities.
According to Kommersant’s information, the arrested ex-banker Demyanov does not admit his guilt in the incriminated act.