Based on recent local news publications, Russian official Marat Tambiev has been detained after accepting $28 million worth of Bitcoin (BTC) as a bribe offered by the hacking organization he was looking into.
Tambiev Allegedly Hides 1,032 BTC
As per the authorities, Tambiev got this hush money on April 7, 2022, from the hacking organization Infraud Organisation Mark and its members Konstantin Bergmanov and Kirill Samokutyaevsky. Additionally, it’s been stated that the authorities discovered 1032.1 BTC hidden in Tambiev’s laptop, which was seized during an inspection of his Moscow flat a few months back. The article claims that this was the greatest sum ever obtained in a single case of bribery in Russia.
As per the Deputy Prosecutor General, Tambiev got 11.7 million rubles worth around $150,000 while serving for the Investigative Committee. He implied that the possession of $28 million worth of Bitcoins by him “indicates the receipt of property from sources not provided for by law.” Notably, before he was dismissed for the bribe, Tambiev led the committee’s investigation department for the Tverskoy district of Moscow.
Court Appearance Today
According to the publication, he is scheduled to appear in court on June 5 when the prosecution will try to secure all of his illegally obtained money. The case was reportedly filed by First Deputy Prosecutor General Anatoly Razinkin in order to seize Tambiev’s corruption money.
Tambiev Dismisses the Accusations
However, Tambiev continues to oppose the accusations and reject the corruption complaints. He recently filed a lawsuit against the Investigative Committee, requesting reinstatement because the inquiry was still in progress and the accusations were still not confirmed. However, the article stated that the case was dropped after a departmental audit confirmed his misconduct.
As TheCoinRise reported, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) filed charges for obstruction and BTC bribery against several Chinese operators in October of last year. In the same month, the DoJ also declared a two years term in prison for two individuals for thieving cryptocurrencies worth $330,000.