MOSCOW, January 13 (RAPSI) – Police have arrested a group of fraudsters suspected of stealing 70 million rubles ($2.1 million) from Russian bank accounts, the Interior Ministry said Monday.
The investigation said the scam artists bribed bank staff for data about large bank deposits across the country and for copies of depositors’ passports.
The group then had false passports produced abroad and used the IDs to open new bank accounts, and later transferred and cashed the money.
“Four fraudsters have been detained in the Moscow Region, St. Petersburg and the Kaluga Region following investigations,” police said.
The suspects have been placed under arrest.