The Kremlin-controlled Kiev district court of Simferopol in the annexed Crimea sentenced three Crimea residents, who called themselves Advisers to the “head” of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov, to imprisonment in a penal colony for fraud on a large scale, the press service of the "Prosecutor's Office" of the Crimea reported.

“Under the pretext of personal acquaintance with the highest officials of the republic, the convicted asked 5 million rubles from the head of the firm that executed the state contract for solving the issue of its non-dissolution,” the report said.

Scammers were convicted under Part 3 of Art. 30 and Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of Russia (attempted fraud committed by a group of persons in a preliminary conspiracy, on an especially large scale).

The men were sentenced to one, two and three years of imprisonment, with serving their sentences in a strict regime colony.

Reportedly, the three men were detained in Simferopol in July, when they received 5 million rubles from the contractor for the construction of FTP facilities. Aksyonov said earlier that they had committed about 10 crimes.
Previously, a fraudster from Novosibirsk extracted about 1.3 million rubles from a 15-year-old teenager from the annexed Crimea via online roulette. The teenager took the money without permission from his father. The suspect was arrested. He faces up to 10 years in prison.