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In St. Petersburg, the champions of Italy were brutally bred. The special forces had to catch the villains.

Date: March 4, 2024 Time: 01:29:52

In November 2021, the public was shocked with fantastic news. A large amount of money was stolen from Italian Sampdoria by… residents of St. Petersburg. Four foreigners who moved to Russia managed to sell a non-existent player to the former Italian champions. The special forces had to deal with the criminal gang.

“Catch Me If You Can”

Four Africans, one of whom had a Russian passport, devised an ingenious plan in the spring of 2021. Upon learning that Sampdoria were interested in a player from the Danish club Nordsjaelland, the scammers decided to contact representatives of the Italian national team to negotiate the transfer of an African player. In the course of communication, the scammers were finally convinced that it was easy to rob the Genoese and decided to play “big”.

To implement the plan, one of the fraudsters, who was illegally residing in Russia, was able to issue a fake passport, where FC (FC – football club) was written in the “Name” column, and instead of a surname, the name of the danish club With this document, the fraudster went to the local bank branch, where he registered an account with new data. After making sure that “Sampdoria” transferred the required amount to the specified details, the “agents” disappeared. The conversation was about a lot of money – 800 thousand euros, or more than 65 million rubles at the official exchange rate at that time.

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This precedent is unique for many reasons. The scam plan was absurdly simple and technically had little chance of success: today, specialists often check the details of players and clubs using computer databases, so the probability of error is reduced to zero. . However, Sampdoria apparently forgot about these procedures.

Assault by special forces and 5 years in prison

At the end of the transfer window, the Sampdoria bosses finally realized that they had been deceived. However, in addition to the Genoese, the Norschelland leadership also got into trouble. In the course of the investigation, the Danes were the first suspects. But learning that a large number are in St. Petersburg, Italian police turned to their Russian colleagues for help.

Believing in “easy money”, the scammers carried out the operation of withdrawing funds from the account as carelessly as possible, thanks to which it was not difficult for local law enforcement agencies to detect the criminals. However, finding a bank account registered in the name of FC Nordsjaelland shouldn’t be too difficult. Especially when you have just completed an accounts payable settlement operation. And what were the scammers thinking?

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All details were revealed in early December 2021. At the same time, four Africans were reportedly detained: Gagno Uaziyo, Gabriela Omisore, Shogun Shogo and Peter Shomoye. There were some funny moments: one of the initiators of the robbery tried to escape and couldn’t think of anything smarter than jumping from the seventeenth floor. Fortunately, the special forces managed to catch the criminal in time and save his life.

In March 2023, the Pushkinsky District Court found the fraudsters guilty under the article “Legalization of funds acquired as a result of a crime”. All those involved received a sentence of four to five years in prison, except one, Shogun Shogo. The fact of falsification of passport data and participation in fraud was considered by the court to be unproven, which sounds rather strange, because you had 12 false documents in the name of citizens of various states on your account. Sampdoria also paid compensation in the amount of 57.5 million rubles. It also turned out that this was not the first time the gang had carried out such a scam: the last victim of the criminals was the Pole “Wroclaw”.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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