Black cash collectors' detained at Moscow's airport
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 00:43
March 29 - Black cash collectors with roughly half a billion of Russian rubles in stolen cash are detained in Moscow's Vnukovo airport. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: A group of 'black cash collectors' with roughly half a billion of Russian rubles (16 million U.S. dollars) in stolen cash and several firearms was detained in Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Thursday (March 28).
Twenty people have been arrested during a raid on an international money laundering ring.
The people arrested were allegedly members of a Caucasian cash laundering gang that tried to smuggle a lump sum into the country, the Russian Interior Ministry press-service said.
The inter-regional criminal gang carried out their operations in the Caucasus region of Russia, the ministry explained.
The cash originated from markets and shopping centers in the republic of Dagestan as well as from bank accounts of shell companies, pretending to be selling goods to virtual customers.
In the second stage the cash stored in laminated bags was transferred to Moscow under the guise of "printed materials" guarded by the employees of private security company Karat.
The cash was then distributed to customers, which included large Moscow financial organizations as well as individuals and construction market companies.
Special operation was carried out in the post and cargo terminal of Vnukovo and didn't affect airport operations and passenger safety, ministry said.
A criminal investigation into illegal banking activity is to be launched shortly.
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