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A $ 22 restaurant bill: Ukraine arrested criminals who extorted money from foreigners

In Ukraine, the capital's police detained a group of extortionists who were trying to force a foreigner to pay 600 thousand hryvnias ($ 22,3 thousand) for a dinner at a restaurant. The publication told about this in more detail. News.PN.

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During a special operation on August 1 in Kiev, the police detained 10 suspects of extorting money from foreigners. The intruders lured foreigners to certain restaurants, where they beat, tortured and, under the threat of weapons, confiscated documents, money, and jewelry.

They have been operating since 2020. The police are aware of 150 such robberies. Criminals hoped that the victims would not contact the police or leave the territory of Ukraine, and law enforcement officers would not learn about their crimes.

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The organizer of the criminal group is a citizen of the Russian Federation, who is on the wanted list in his homeland for committing fraudulent actions in the banking sector.

The organizer attracted nine girls to his "scheme", who through instant messengers got acquainted with foreigners and invited them to restaurants belonging to the leader of the group. Foreigners placed an order, after which they were issued a check with significantly inflated prices, which they were unable to pay.

When a client demanded an explanation, he was locked in the backroom of the establishment. The attackers, under the threat of weapons and with the use of physical force, took away personal belongings, documents, jewelry. In addition, they forced the victims to transfer money to their accounts. If they did not have money, the defendants demanded that the victims' relatives send them big sums. Then they took their victims to a remote area of ​​the capital. The criminal gang consisted of 10 athletic people aged 18 to 41 years.

“The detained persons and the owner of the establishment directly participated in attacks on foreigners, each of whom was assigned a certain role in the developed scheme - from a waiter and administrator to a security guard, a taxi driver, and so on,” said Dmitry Sitar, First Deputy Head of the Pechersk District Prosecutor's Office.

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The crimes took place in the Hit Hookah Bar, located on the street. Moscow, 9, writes Фокус.

In the reviews on Google Maps, the rating of the institution is only 2 stars. In the reviews, visitors report how they tried to fraudulently deceive $ 500, $ 1000 and write about the "scheme" on Tinder. One of the reviews says: “We were approached by tourists with a request to call the police, as they were robbed and beaten by the employees of this institution. It turned out that these are two completely different companies of tourists who got into such a situation at the same time. One of them was divorced for $ 3 thousand with the help of a girl from Tinder, they took all the money and personal belongings. With the help of the police, it was possible to return the things, but not the money, since the account was very successfully adjusted specifically for the stolen amount of money. Another group of tourists got off with a bill of 10 thousand UAH ($ 373) for three. "

Another deceived man said that $ 400 was taken from him: “Bar workers claim that the girl drank 18-year-old whiskey at the price of $ 40 per glass. It's just juice used to steal your money. "

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