In Khmelnytsky caught the gang, collecting tribute from the carriers

Police in Khmelnytskyi region with involvement of fighters of special forces of KORD has held a special operation to detain members of the criminal group, which for the past six months was engaged in extortion of money from entrepreneurs engaged in passenger transportation from bus stations in Khmelnitsky and region.

This was reported by press service of the police region.

It is established that the members of the group “overlaid“ a tribute to all drivers of Shuttle buses that were forced, stopping each time on the territory of bus stations, to pay cash in the amount of 25 UAH for stopping, boarding and disembarkation of passengers.

Drivers who refused to carry out such criminal demands, the group members have damaged their vehicles: they smashed the Windows, slashed the wheels and forbidden to cross the territory of bus stations.

“As a result of its activity, the cyber criminals monthly from the four stations of the regional center received 160 000 UAH, and for the six months of their activities the amount reached one million hryvnia,“ – noted in police.

Moreover, in an attempt to legitimize their shares, the criminals acted under cover of public organization. During the carried-out searches of members of criminal group seized the seal and certificate that.

During the RAID the police detained two previously convicted residents of Khmelnytsky, 42 and 43, who were the organizers of the group and five of its active members – guys 20-25 years, athletic build, which was looking for peers to collect “tribute“ and were engaged in extortion of funds.

During the number of searches that have been simultaneously conducted by members of the group, law enforcement officers seized the money received from criminal activities, notebooks with accounts, as well as pneumatic and cold arms, beat, brass knuckles, live ammo.

Now law enforcement officers are working to establish all the group members and their criminal ties. Men were also checked for involvement in committing other grave and especially grave crimes on the territory of the region.

Seven members of the group were detained in order St. 208 Criminal procedure code of Ukraine. Soon they will be remanded. The investigation is carried out in the framework of criminal proceedings opened under article 189 (extortion) of the Criminal code of Ukraine.

As reported on 6 June, under the Dnieper the gang members destroyed the hospital and beat the doctor.