Russian Agricultural Bank reached for a sweet

Top managers of the Omni holding are accused of embezzlement.
In Krasnodar, an investigation into the criminal case against Anatoly Epoev and Sergey Aleksanov, top managers of the Omni holding, who are accused of misappropriating loans to Rosselkhozbank JSC for 860 million rubles, is nearing completion. Credit funds were attracted back in 2011, as the investigation found, according to inaccurate documents on the borrower's financial position. A few days ago, the Russian Agricultural Bank initiated the bankruptcy of the largest company of the Omni holding.

The Main Investigative Directorate of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Krasnodar Territory notified Anatoly Epoev and Sergey Aleksanov, accused under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (especially major fraud), the completion of investigative actions. Information about this is posted on the website of the October court of Krasnodar (the defender of both accused Igor Smola appeals in court the record of notification of the completion of the investigation). Anatoly Epoev holds the position of director of Omni-South LLC, a subsidiary of Omni LLC (owner and manager - Sergey Aleksanov). The press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the region does not comment on the details of the case, confirming only the fact of the criminal prosecution of businessmen.

According to Kommersant’s information received from a law enforcement source, the criminal case was opened in 2017. According to investigators, from March to June 2011, top managers of Omni Holding, together with unidentified persons, provided the Rosselkhozbank with knowingly inaccurate information about the financial condition and economic situation of Omni-Yuga, the largest holding company. The documents contained overestimated indicators of the financial and economic activities of the company, as well as a report on the assessment of collateral, containing false information about its value. Based on these documents, the company received a loan in the amount of 530 million rubles from the Agricultural Bank.

Between February and April 2011, the same individuals similarly provided untrustworthy information about the Sirius company to the bank, as a result of which the Agricultural Bank granted it a loan of 330 million rubles. None of the loans were repaid. The press service of Rosselkhozbank JSC responded to a request from Kommersant that the bank is implementing all the debt collection measures provided for by law. “When identifying signs of criminal acts in the actions of borrowers, the bank carries out the necessary interaction with law enforcement agencies and reserves the right to demand compensation for property damage caused by the crime,” the bank said in a response. On October 25 of this year, the Agricultural Bank filed a lawsuit with the bankruptcy of Omni-Yuga.

Lawyer Igor Smola explained to Kommersant that his clients cannot comment on Kommersant, as they have the flu, and he is not authorized to communicate with the media. Omni Holding is involved in the sale of confectionery products, positioning itself as the largest player in the south of Russia, it is a representative of leading manufacturers in the south of Russia (Babaevsky concern, Krasny Oktyabr and Rot Front factories), cooperates with more than 500 stores and It has storage facilities, as well as a vehicle fleet and a coffee packaging workshop. Omni-South LLC had the maximum revenue in 2016 of 1.6 billion rubles. (in 2018 - 32 million rubles, loss - 132 thousand rubles). According to lawyers, the guilty verdict can subsequently be used to recover funds, Pavel Gerasimov, director general of Padva & Epstein Law Office, commented to Kommersant.

Lenders have already tried to bankrupt Omni structures: in January 2018, the United Confectioners company, as Kommersant wrote, filed a lawsuit with the bankruptcy of Omni LLC. However, in May of that year, the bankruptcy process was terminated, as the lender announced his waiver of his claims.