Defense Official Jailed in ‘Ghost Soldiers’ Fraud Case

RIA Novosti
Monday 4th March, 2013

MOSCOW, March 4 (RIA Novosti) – A former Russian Defense Ministry financial administrator has been sentenced to five years in prison on fraud charges, the Investigative Committee’s Chief Military Directorate said on Monday. Valery Sergeyev, who worked in Stavropol Territory in southern Russia, tampered with servicemen’s official records to create “ghost” soldiers, and then wired money to their accounts, from which he later withdrew a total of 11 million rubles (about $400,000). The committee did not say when Sergeyev was sentenced or when he worked at the Defense Ministry. This is not…

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