State Duma ex-lawmaker Mikheyev put on wanted list – report
MOSCOW, February 16 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – Former State Duma lawmaker Oleg Mikheyev charged with attempted fraud and attempting to steal over two billion rubles ($33.9 mln) from Promsvyazbank was put on the federal wanted list, Kommersant newspaper reported on Thursday.
According to Kommersant, a criminal case against Mikheyev did not reach court, despite approved indictment, because the ex-lawmaker vanished.
Earlier, the Investigative Committee announced that Mikheyev, acting as a shareholder of the Volgograd Industrial Bank was involved in the large-scale fraud. In 2007, he allegedly signed a contract between himself and his companies, taking obligation to compensate their 1.4 billion rubles ($24.5 mln) debt to the bank. He also allegedly signed a contract with the bank, making it guarantor of his companies.
This way, he allegedly made the bank owe him personally a large debt while the services he obliged to provide were not executed in practice. Mikheyev allegedly asked the bank’s president to hide its debt to the ex-lawmaker from future owner.
In 2010, the Vologograd Industrial Bank joined Promsvyazbank and Mikheyev unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit against the latter with a local court to recover over 2 billion rubles.
The State Duma, lower house of parliament, voted in February 2013 to strip Mikheyev of parliamentary immunity and to open a criminal case against him.
Mikheyev denies any wrongdoing, according to Kommersant.