Mother of suspected mobster sentenced to 3 years for theft

KRASNODAR, August 19 (Itar-Tass) — A district court on Thursday sentenced Arteks-Agro director general and founder Nadezhda Tsapok to three years for theft of budget money. Tsapok is mother of a suspect accused of masterminding a massacre of 12 persons in the village of Kushchevskaya, Krasnodar Territory.

She was also fined 500,000 roubles, the court’s office told Itar-Tass.

“Tsapok planned a theft of budget money by organized group in April 2010,” the press service of the regional prosecutor’s office said. She took the role of leader, provided fake documents and committed criminal actions. She ordered her subordinates to sign documents on her behalf.

“The group submitted fake documents to the department of agriculture and processing industry of the Krasnodar Territory which were used to embezzle 15 million roubles from the budgets of the Russian Federation and the Krasnodar Territory.

Another suspect in the fraud case, chief accountant of the company Nadezhda Vezhlivaya, was given a 2.5-year suspended sentence.

The trial was postponed several times due to the absence of the defendant’s lawyers. It only began after a judge appointed a standby lawyer who attended all the hearings.

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